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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) and the reputable Bach Choir from the UK in a memorable performance under the baton of Sir David Willcocks. Other highlights include a civic education television production of the National Anthem with the Hong Kong Police Band and a recording of the United Nations Typhoon Committee song for the Hong Kong Observatory.

Embarking on its first overseas tour to Malaysia and Singapore in 1997, the Music Office Youth Choir next visited Kagoshima, Japan in 2002, 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 each of 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 88 members between the age of 15 and 25, the Music Office Youth Choir is trained by Dr. Angelina Au and Chan Wan-hong. 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 to promote the singing of Chinese folk songs. Recent repertoire, however, 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 and Kowloon City District Children’s Chorus, Kowloon City Schools’ Music Interflow, the 1999 and 2002 Hong Kong International Children’s Choral Festival, a joint concert with the Macao Youth Choir presented by the Cultural Institute of the Macao SAR Government in Macao in 2007 and the Hong Kong Children’s Choir’s “40th Anniversary Concert - HKCC & Friends” in 2009. Furthermore, the Choir has also participated in the production of the Summer Youth Programme Theme Song VCD, as well as several operettas, among which were Cinderella, Noah and His Floating Zoo and The Legend of Chang 'E - the Lady in the Moon.

With 63 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.