Musical collaboration: Khoo (centre, standing) conducting the recital.
KUANTAN: The pioneer Youths Music Carnival organised by Khoo Academy of Music & Arts saw the participation of 625 students who also helped raise funds for charity.
Among those who attended the event at Berjaya Megamall were Pahang Symphony Orchestra Society chairman Datuk Ti Lian Ker and Pahang Culture and Arts Department director Hasryn Izzuddin Mohd Khairi.
The young and talented performers also took part in a late night recital of classical music using instruments such as piano, violin, cello and clarinet.
The academy’s principal Khoo Siow Chuen said the competition was held to encourage students to hone their skills.
“Getting a student to practise voluntarily on his own is very difficult.
“This may be due to various reasons such as being bogged down with homework and having attend tuition classes and co-curricular activities.
“They would rather spend time on the Internet, chat with friends online or play games on their mobile devices,” he lamented.
Khoo said with this in mind, the academy decided to organise a 60-day musical fund-raising programme dubbed “Practicethon”.
Besides getting the students to practise more often, Khoo said they were also contributing to a good cause.
“Every time a student practises, witnessed by a parent or teacher, he or she will need to look for a sponsor to donate RM1 towards the cause.
“Through this initiative, students can have fun developing their music skills and contribute to the less fortunate,” he said.
Khoo added a total of RM22,000 was collected and a cheque for the amount presented to Dr Yu Siew Hong of the Kiwanis Club for the centre’s building fund.