When Chillers met Galaxy: let music bridge generations
Every era has its own theme song. Music has the power to tell stories and connect people regardless of the lyrics and tunes. In YWCA Sai Wan Social Centre for the Elderly, “Chillers”, a teenage band, met “Galaxy”, a band formed by a group of retirees. Despite the age difference, the two bands hit it off. Rehearsal under the epidemic was difficult, but they overcame the obstacle and successfully held an "intergenerational concert" online at the end of February, bringing two generations closer.
When the two bands first met last year, the youngest member from Chillers was 15 years old, and the oldest from Galaxy was almost 80 years old. Therefore, they named the concert “1580” in honour of this cross-generation cooperation. To play good music, band members must practice together. However, it is almost a mission impossible when social distancing is essential. Before they finally met face-to-face in January, they spent a lot of time doing virtual rehearsal.
Although the concert was an online show, the band was eager to perform. They invited their family and friends to join the live streaming and enjoy the show. It was encouraging that concurrent viewers reached 80. The bands played songs about the theme "Past, Present and Future". They also joined and worked on a piece of famous Cantonese song, which they all like, demonstrating good music span and is loved by people of different ages. It is a powerful tool to achieve intergenerational harmony.