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Applications open for Youth Music Camp enrolment
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     Learning music in a scenic camp setting and sharing the experience with other budding musicians will enable young musicians to be inspired anew.

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Music Office is now inviting applications for participation in the "2010 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp". A well-received annual summer programme, the camp offers young musicians the opportunity to receive training from renowned overseas and Mainland musicians and share the experience with other budding musicians in a scenic environment.

     The "2010 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp" will be held from July 25 to 31 (Camp A) and August 1 to 7 (Camp B) at the Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village in Chai Wan. Qualified local young musicians aged nine to 25 are welcome to apply. The fee is $935 per person for the seven-day-and-six-night music camp.

     Overseas and Mainland young musicians are also welcome to join the Youth Music Camp with an extra day to have exchanges with local musicians. The camp will be held from July 25 to August 1 (Camp A) and August 1 to 8 (Camp B). The fee for overseas and Mainland campers is $1,469 per person for the eight-day-and-seven-night music camp.

     Young musicians may choose to join one of the music groups, which comprise the Chinese Orchestra, Junior String Orchestra and Children's Choir in Camp A, and the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Junior Chinese Orchestra in Camp B.

     Day camp at $50 per person per day is also available from July 26 to 30 and from August 2 to 6 for organisations, families and any other combinations of individuals to share delightful musical activities such as visits to the camp choir, band and orchestra rehearsals, mini concerts, musical games and various kinds of recreational facilities available in the camp.

     Renowned musicians participating in this year's training programme include Artistic Director and Head of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra and Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music, Mr Wang Fujian; Founder and Conductor of the Tarleton String Orchestra and Principal Double Bassist of the Plano Symphony Orchestra (USA), Mr Jack Unzicker; Director of Choral Activities of the University of North Florida (USA) and Artistic Director and Conductor of Instituto Piaget Vocalizze Festival of Portugal, Dr Cara Tasher; National Class One Conductor of China and former Music Director and Advisor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Mr Cao Peng; Founder of the Chinese Armed Police Band and Artistic Director of the Beijing Wind Orchestra, Mr Li Fangfang; and Associate Conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and former Conductor of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra, Mr Quek Ling Kiong.

     Campers will take part in an intensive orchestral, band or choral training programme conducted by different musicians to enhance their musical skills as well as participate in recreational activities at the campsite.

     Two concerts will be held in August at the conclusion of the camp to showcase the campers' achievements.

     Application forms are available at the Music Office's music centres, or from the website, www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice . The deadline for applications for the residential camp is April 28 and the deadline for the day camp is May 18.

     For enquiries, please call 2582 5334.

Ends/Friday, March 26, 2010
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