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Sep 20, 2016

South Korea Government Makes Donation to National Youth Orchestra

A wide assortment of musical instruments was handed over to the National Youth Orchestra by the Korean Government this morning at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts. There are steel pans, a piano and harp, but also a bassoon which will further complement the inventory of equipment. The Director of the National Orchestra says the equipment will also enable a better selection of music. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The National Youth Orchestra received a hefty donation of musical instruments which comes in handy to grow its repertoire. Today at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts Ambassador Lee In-ho of the Republic of Korea handed over a donation of stringed, brass and woodwind instruments, a harp and grand piano, a marimba and percussion instruments as well as a set of steel pan instruments –all to the tune of one hundred and fifty thousand U.S. dollars.


Lee In-ho

Lee In-ho, Korea Ambassador to Belize

“Korea and Belize are close friends and we believe that development cooperation is most important between our two countries. I heard that you have a youth orchestra, a very well organized and very useful in Belizean society. So I decided to donate musical instrument. We have a KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) office in El Salvador and this office is in charge of Belize also and KOICA office contacted the Government of Belize and they started this procedure.”


Elodio Aragon Jr.

Elodio Aragon Jr., Minister of Culture

“It’s something good for Belize because these are very expensive equipment and to come up with a hundred and fifty thousand for such equipment is not an everyday thing. This equipment will go to good use for the Belize orchestra and I think it will do something good for us to get people involved in the music industry in terms of the orchestra and playing this music and learning the equipment.”


The gift is the result of diplomatic efforts by the Governor General, Sir Colville Young and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And according to the Music Director National Institute of Culture and History, the donation is a treat that will enhance the orchestra and boost the music industry.


Colville Young Jr

Colville Young Jr., Music Director, NICH

“Our kids for a long time have been interested in music—wanting to play, wanting to perform—but a lack of equipment have really been putting them back. So now we have the tools. This will allow the orchestra to expand. For a long time we had to be working with instruments here and there and borrow from here—so we won’t have to do that any longer.”


While there are several instruments for which Belize will need to seek training from international experts, one antique music equipment, a bassoon—which is valued at eighteen thousand U.S. dollars—is part of the collection. Daron Flowers is the only musician that knows how to play the instrument and he is even more excited about the opportunity to teach a colleague the art.


Daron Flowers

Daron Flowers, Bassoon Player

“With the donation of these instruments we really happy and excited because we have another bassoon now.”


Duane Moody

“And you want to put your hands on them expensive equipment?”


Daron Flowers

“Oh yes, I’ve already tried to touch them because excitement.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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