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Music Office Youth Choir

The Music Office Youth Choir was established in 1980 and made its debut at a Christmas concert with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in December of the same year. With a repertoire that spans from sacred to secular, classical to popular, and Chinese to Western, the Choir has performed regularly in local concerts and collaborated with many visiting music groups, among which were the Kagoshima Senior High School Choir (Japan), College of Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University Choral Arts Ensemble (USA), Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (USA), as well as the reputable Bach Choir from the UK, with whom the Choir collaborated in a memorable performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts under the baton of Sir David Wilcocks. Other highlights include a recording of the winning composition in the UNESCAP-WMO Typhoon Committee songwriting contest and a recording of the National Anthem for a civic education television production with the Hong Kong Police Band.

Embarking on its first overseas tour to Malaysia and Singapore in 1997, the Music Office Youth Choir has, in 2002, concluded another highly successful tour to Kagoshima, Japan, where their performances under the auspices of the Kagoshima Prefectural Government were met with critical acclaim. Winning further recognition in a return visit to Penang, Malaysia in 2009, the Choir was awarded not only a gold diploma in both the Chamber Choir and Mixed Choir Open Category competitions in the “A Voyage of Songs” International Choral Festival, but also the Category Winner Award in the Mixed Choir Open Category and the Jury Award for outstanding artistic achievement.

With a total of 90 members between the age of 15 and 25, the Music Office Youth Choir is currently trained by Dr. Angelina Au and Mable Siew. Recruitment is held annually through open audition.
Music Office Children’s Choir

The Music Office Children’s Choir, formerly known as the “Music Office Chinese Folk Singing Children Ensemble”, was formed in 1981 with the aim of preserving the rich tradition of Chinese folk music and encouraging more children to participate in the singing of Chinese folk songs. Recent repertoire includes both Western and Chinese choral works, among which are several local premieres.

In addition to regular appearances in Music Office concerts, the Choir has also participated in a good number of invited performances. These include guest appearances in the annual concerts of Tuen Mun Children’s Choir, Shum Shui Po Children’s Choir, Kowloon City District Children’s Chorus and Kowloon City Schools’ Music Interflow, a joint concert with the Macao Youth Choir (Core Juvenil de Macau) presented by the Cultural Institute of the Macao SAR Government in Macao in 2007, as well as the “40th Anniversary Concert - HKCC & Friends” held in celebration of the Hong Kong Children’s Choir’s 40th anniversary in 2009. Furthermore, the Choir has also performed in the 1998 International Children’s Choir Festival, the 2nd International Children’s Choir Festival (China), 1999 and 2002 Hong Kong International Children’s Choral Festival, as well as several operetta productions, among which were Cinderella, Noah and His Floating Zoo and The Legend of Chang 'E - the Lady in the Moon, and community projects such as “Around the World in 80 Ways - Hong Kong Challenge” and the production of the Summer Youth Programme Theme Song VCD.

With 87 members aged 8 to 15, the Music Office Children’s Choir is currently trained by May Ho and Yau Man-ching. Recruitment is held annually through open audition.