Family Concert for New Sight 2017
19 March 2017 (Sun) | 3:00pm | @ Diocesan Girls' School. 1 Jordan Road. Hong Kong.
Complimentary ticket(s) available upon donation.
Come join us for the
celebration of all the lives New Sight has been privileged to transform in the past 5 years and
the unveiling of the details of New Sight’s most incredible vision for the next 5 years!
restoring sight, changing lives
Joyce and Henri Samoutou, founding co-directors of New Sight
Come with your family to hear the exciting story of how an ordinary girl in Hong Kong changed the lives of thousands and more! Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong, an alumna of DGS, will share with us the surreal adventures in Africa - from the Samoutou's chopping down a tree to make a wooden license plate, to a blind patient visiting the clinic by traveling a week through the depths of the forest and rivers. As a highly sought-after speaker, Joyce and Henri hope to share with you how New Sight Eye Care Center changed and transformed lives, as well as their ambitious vision for New Sight for the next five years; most important of all, Joyce and Henri hope to inspire and motivate you, your children and your family - that we can all make a difference and make this world a better place.
Carl Goldmark | Aaron Copland | Sergei Rachmaninoff | Frederic Chopin | Fazil Say | Giacomo Puccini | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Franz Joseph Haydn | Johannes Brahms
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New Sight & Joyce
“We are passionate about transforming lives by giving the priceless gift of sight.”
- Joyce and Henri Samoutou
New Sight Eye Care (“New Sight”, registered charity number 1144893) was officially established in 2012 by Joyce and Henri Samoutou to provide comprehensive non-profit eye services including consultations, glasses, medical and surgical treatments, as well as free screening and community eye education in villages in the Republic of Congo.
Prior to the establishment of New Sight, Joyce and Henri relocated from the UK to develop a non-profit eye centre in a missionary hospital in the rainforest of Gabon in 2006. This, in Joyce’s words, was “ a realization of a dream” but also an eye-opener to the enduring hardships that she faced. The eye centre has since become self-sufficient and continues to help around 6,000 patients a year. With this experience, Joyce and Henri established New Sight, and together with their three young children, relocated to northern Republic of Congo to pioneer the first and only non-profit eye surgical centre in 2012 to help patients who would otherwise lack access to appropriate eye care.
In 2015 alone, New Sight has screened 815 patients and completed 1616 consultations.
Dr. Joyce Samoutou-Wong, BSc (Hons) MBChB DRCOG DTMH MRCGP, a Hong Kong native, and her husband Henri are the founding directors of the charity New Sight Eye Care, and the 2012 winners of the international Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision award.
Joyce is a recipient of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Award and graduated from Diocesan Girls' School (DGS) before winning a full scholarship to study at the United World College of the Atlantic in the UK. She then read medicine at the University of Edinburgh, which was followed by a stint as a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She has been involved in several humanitarian projects across the globe, including running a mobile clinic and creating a successful first aid program along the ancient Silk Road in Uzbekistan.
An inspirational and sought-after speaker known for her sincerity and natural ability to make the audience both laugh and cry, Joyce has been invited to speak in several countries including Singapore, USA, UK, HK to audiences such as the Royal Geographic Society and Harvard Club. The meaningful work of Joyce and Henri has been featured in the BBC and South China Morning Post, and was the subject of a documentary series by Cable TV.
The Work of New Sight in Photos
The Eye Clinic | The Hospital | Training Centre
The DGS Alumnae Orchestra
Established in 2015, the DGS Alumnae Orchestra gathers DGS alumnae who are former orchestra members to make music and perform together.
Whilst some have become professional musicians and music teachers, many have gone on to become distinguished and contributing members of society in the fields of education, medicine, business, finance, law, fashion, architecture, public services, etc. DGS Alumnae Orchestra provides a unique opportunity for former DGS orchestra members of all generations to not only unite and network, but also share and relive the unforgettable memories of making music during their time at DGS.
The DGS Alumnae Orchestra made its inaugural appearance as a guest performer at the DGS Summer Concert in July 2016 under the baton of Mr. Leung Kin Fung, the first associate concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The DGS Alumnae Orchestra has also collaborated with DSOBA Orchestra in a number of other performances.
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A DGS alumna, Nicolette left Hong Kong at an early age to continue her studies in the United Kingdom and returned home after obtaining a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Music from the Royal Academy of Music. Her former teachers include Ramona Kan, Katherine Lu, Hugh Petter, and Sulamita Aronovsky. Ms Wong has performed for the Liszt Society and the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, and has given many solo recitals in the UK and in HK, including a recital as part of the LCSD's 'Our Music Talents' series. Concerto appearances include the Schumann Concerto at St John's Smith Square, London, with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra under David Josefowicz. She recently collaborated with violinist Chui-Tan Lee in the inaugural concert of the Sound of Art series at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and performed with cellist Trey Lee at a fundraising event for the Ocean Park Conservation Fund earlier this year. Ms Wong has also recorded interviews and solo recitals for RTHK. An avid writer, Ms Wong's articles have been published in RTHK's Finemusic magazine, and she also helped edit the paper Comparing Funding Models: Conversations at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, February 2008 published in 2009. Ms Wong was invited to serve on the Jury for the 2009 Hong Kong - Asia Piano Open Competition as well as the Hong Kong (Asia) Grieg and Bartok Competition 2009.
Dr. Julia Chen (PhD in Applied Linguistics) is currently Director of the Education Development Centre at The Polytechnic University. Julia started piano and ballet lessons at the age of five. She has been active in music since her school days, receiving awards at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival, singing solos, madrigals and choirs, as well as playing piano duets and French horn with the DGS school orchestra. Julia studied voice with Megan Rutledge at the Royal Conservatory of Music while pursuing her first degree in the University of Toronto. Upon returning to Hong Kong, she furthered her vocal training with Madam Ella Kiang and obtained ATCL, LTCL and FTCL in singing performance from Trinity College of London and Guildhall. She has also taken lessons with Rita Patanè and Richard Barker in Milan and Terence Goff from New York. Julia made her operatic debut at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre in 2009, playing the role of Adele in Johann Strauss Jr’s Die Fledermaus. This successful debut was followed by a solo charity concert in Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall in 2014 to raise funds for homeless children services at 「泉源之家」 ‘Living Spring Children’s Home’. She performs regularly with the Ella Kiang Singers and the Diocesan Graduate Singers, and has been invited to sing solos in concerts with Happy Music, Viva Musica, Hong Kong Asia Ching Ming Arts Chorus, Hong Kong String Orchestra, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Hymn Society and All Nations Choral. She and her husband are members of Christian & Missionary Alliance Shatin Church. She accompanies her husband on the piano when he leads worship service. Together they lead a worship team, and serve in their church’s Instrumental Ensemble.
Diocesan School Old Boys' Association (DSOBA) Strings is a group of enthusiastic musicians who are alumni of Diocesan Boys' School (DBS). Started in 2012 with a debut string orchestra performance at the DSOBA Annual Dinner, DSOBA Strings have been an active participant in major school music events, such as the DBS Homecoming Concert and DBS Music Camp. With professional and non-professional musicians bonded by a common passion in music, members of DSOBA Strings range from players in the HK Philharmonic and HK Sinfonietta, conductor at DBS, music teachers, to amateur players in a variety of occupations. On some occasions DSOBA Strings have also partnered with choirs, such as DSOBA Choir, Diocesan Graduate Singers, Diocesan Choral Society and Heep Yunn Old Girls' Association Choir.