Melodies for Medicine concert held by local non-profit to help B.C. Children’s Hospital

West Coast Youth Music Society was founded by 16-year-old Langley resident Kitty Liu

After 16-year-old Langley resident Kitty Liu was invited to perform at a senior’s centre, she realized the importance of sharing music and how that simple act can help brighten someone’s day.

Liu was inspired to form the West Coast Youth Music Society (WCYMS), a registered non-profit organization in 2017. In just that first year, Liu said her group grew from 10 members to 80 and counting.

“Music has always been a big part of my life – I’ve been playing piano since I was eight,” Liu explained. “Music can do so much, so our goal has been to spread joy to the public, performing for seniors while providing students with an opportunity to play.”

Liu said WCYMS holds concerts every month, performing at senior’s lodges all across the Lower Mainland, and even at YVR airport for their “Sounds of the Season” show.

Now, Liu and her group have turned their attention to helping B.C. Children’s Hospital with “Melodies for Medicine,” a concert held at Langley Community Music School (LCMS) on Oct. 18 where Liu previously studied.

“I started teaching a student, Kelsey Chen, who lost her sight to cancer when she was just three years old,” Liu said. “She has overcome a lot and has a beautiful sense of music and outlook on life.”

Liu said Chen has relapsed for the third time and continues to undergo cancer treatment at B.C. Children’s Hospital. Seeing her and so many kids go through their own health battles, Liu knew she had to do something.

“Not everyone can be a doctor or a government official, but we all want to what we can to help families in need,” she explained.

Read More: ‘Longevity doesn’t just happen all the time’

For $10 a ticket, audiences can help support BC Children’s Hospital. Proceeds will be split, with one half going towards the oncology department and the other half supporting the musical therapy program.

“There will be 15 performers playing a variety of instruments like piano, cello, violin, saxophone, base, and even a Chinese instrument called the Guzheng. We also have musicians that have performed at Carnegie Hall and Canadian Music Competition winners,” Liu added.

If her health condition permits, Chen will also be performing at the concert as well.

A raffle will also be held at the fundraiser with headphones, a ukulele, and other donated items from WCYMS’s sponsors up for grabs.

Liu said after the concert, her group will continue to perform at Lower Mainland senior centres, including Langley’s own Chartwell Gardens.

Liu was also quick to point out that she does not operate the organization alone; thanking her executive team Annis Lee, Tina Yong, Gabrielle Wong, Lilly Ko, and Rose Oh for helping put on this fundraiser and all other WCYMS events.

“Melodies of Medicine” will be held at LCMS, 4899 207 St, Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

Tickets and information are available at www.wcymusicsociety.com.

Liu added that WCYMS is looking for stage and decorating volunteers; anyone interested is asked to email. wcymusicsociety@gmail.com

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley LETTER: Seniors forced to live in terrible rental units is a form of abuse

Local senior says he’s experienced abuse from landlords and is calling on politicians to take action

Township of Langley’s volunteer appreciation event postponed for 2020

Spokesperson said volunteers will be notified and recognized for their efforts individually

Langley house linked to crimes targeted for forfeiture

The province seized part of the home’s sale price

LETTER: Tax increases from other agencies unacceptable

As promised, Langley City reduced its portion of tax bill – what about other levels of government

LETTER: Langley resident calls on public to use distancing

A worker in the long-term care field notes that people can have no symptoms but spread COVID-19

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Aldergrove Star to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

IHIT investigating ‘suspicious’ death of Surrey man

Officers found the body while on foot patrol: Surrey RCMP

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Kelowna Mountie on desk duty following ‘aggressive’ arrest

The officer involved in an arrest that took place on May 30 in Kelowna has been placed on administrative duties

Protests shift to memorializing George Floyd amid push for change

‘There is something better on the other side of this,’ says Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom

Limit gun capacity to five bullets, victims group urges Trudeau government

Current limits are generally five bullets for hunting rifles and shotguns and 10 for handguns.

Most Read