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Opportunity for young musicians to enhance skills

     Young musicians who want to further enhance their music skills and participate in cultural exchange activities now have a chance to join the Music Office's bands, orchestras and choirs.

     The Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is recruiting new members for its 16 bands and orchestras and two choirs. Training will begin in September and end in May 2010. The deadline for applications is May 17.

     Young musicians aged 25 or under, who have attained the required musical standard, are invited to apply. In addition to weekly rehearsals, members may also participate in various cultural activities and concerts, and broaden their horizons by collaborating with musicians from the Mainland and overseas.

     Training is free, but members are required to bring their own instruments (except for the bulky ones) to rehearsals and performances and pay for their uniforms and music scores.

     The 18 groups that are now recruiting new members are: Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Strings, Hong Kong Junior Chamber Ensemble, Island Youth Strings, Kowloon Youth Strings, New Territories Youth Strings, Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band, Kowloon Youth Symphonic Band, New Territories Youth Symphonic Band, Hong Kong Children's Symphonic Band, Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, Island Youth Chinese Orchestra, Kowloon Youth Chinese Orchestra, New Territories Youth Chinese Orchestra, Music Office Junior Chinese Orchestra, Music Office Children's Chinese Orchestra, Music Office Youth Choir and Music Office Children's Choir.

     Leaflets and application forms are now available at all Music Office music centres and on its website: .

     Qualified applicants will be invited to attend auditions in June or July, when they will be tested on scales, sight-reading or sight-singing and the performance of a self-chosen work. They will be notified of the audition results by late August.

     For enquiries, please call the Music Office's music centres at 2802 0657 (Hong Kong), 2796 2893 (Kwun Tong), 2399 2200 (Mong Kok), 2158 6462 (Sha Tin) and 2417 6429 (Tsuen Wan).

Ends/Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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