To foster international cultural exchange and to widen the horizon of local young musicians, the Music Office organizes music exchange concerts and community performances for visiting youth music groups from around the world and sends its advanced level orchestras, bands, or choirs on concert tour each year.
Since 1978, young musicians trained by the Music Office have toured Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, England and Israel and cities in Mainland China. Recent years' visits include Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra Aberdeen (UK) Tour (2005), Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra Guangdong & Macao Tour (2006), Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra Jiangsu Tour (2007), Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band Kagoshima (Japan) Tour (2008), Music Office Youth Choir Penang (Malaysia) Tour (2009) and Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra Shanghai Tour (2010).
The Prunus Female Choir from Kagoshima, Japan will be visiting Hong Kong in December 2014. They will give a free matinee concert entitled "Together-we-sing Matinee" at 3pm on 6 December 2014 at the Foyer of Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The Choir is also invited to share the stage with the Music Office Youth Choir and the Music Office Children's Choir in the "Together We Sing" concert to be conducted at 8pm on the same day at the Theatre of Hong Kong City Hall. (For details, please click here)
Most recently, the following youth music groups had visited Hong Kong and participated in the cultural exchange programmes organized by the Music Office:
The National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain
Birmingham Symphonic Winds (UK)
Kagoshima Shoyo High School Symphonic Band (Japan)
Greenridge Secondary School Band (Singapore)
Yusof Ishak Secondary School Choir (Singapore)
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (USA)
Wright State University Chamber Orchestra ( USA )
Vermont Youth Orchestra (USA)
Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra (USA)
Troubadours, Fountain Valley High School (USA)