In 2015, the Club’s Charities Trust granted the Hong Kong String Orchestra (HKSO) funding to launch the three-year Jockey Club Power of Music Programme, providing opportunities for students from low-income families to learn classical music. Participating students received a free violin, a three-year complimentary violin training course conducted by HKSO musicians, and chances to perform in community concerts, so that they could gain learning experiences outside the classroom.
Since 2015, nearly 40 open-air concerts have been held across the 18 districts of Hong Kong, as well as additional classical music concerts in the festive seasons, benefiting some 40,000 participants.
On 5 May, the Jockey Club Power of Music Programme Finale Concert took place at Sha Tin Racecourse. The Concert brought together several notable parties, including the 240 students who have benefited from the programme; an amputee whose confidence has been revived through learning violin after a car accident; a musician who has never given up playing despite blindness caused by illness at a young age; and a few hundred other musicians.
Highlight of the Concert was The Power of a Thousand Strings performance, in which over 1,000 musicians played the Cantonese song "Below Lion Rock" together to set a new Guinness World Record.