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Music Office Youth Choir and Children's Choir to perform joint Christmas concert

     The Music Office Youth Choir (MOYC) and Music Office Children's Choir (MOCC) will jointly perform in a concert titled "Noël Noël Noël A-Carolling We Go" at the Ko Shan Theatre at 3pm on December 26 (Wednesday) to share the joy of Christmas.

     Organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the two choirs will sing Christmas carols and local favourites to celebrate the festive season.

     Under the batons of conductors Dr Angelina Au, Yau Man-ching and May Ho, the choirs will sing a variety of well-known compositions on the theme of Christmas. These will include "Angels' Carol" by Rutter, "Ave Verum Corpus K.618" by Mozart, the traditional French carol "Il est ne le divin enfant", "O Magnum Mysterium" by Spanish Renaissance composer Victoria, "Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf preiset die Tage" from "Christmas Oratorio" by Bach, "For Unto Us a Child is Born" from the oratorio "Messiah" by Handel, "African Noel" arranged by Thomas and "So Fair and Bright" by Chilcott.

     The concert will also feature traditional popular Christmas songs including "We Wish you a Merry Christmas", "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", "Jingle, Bells", "Joy to the World" and more.

     Established in 1980, the MOYC has 90 members with ages ranging from 15 to 25. The choir performs regularly at local concerts as well as on cultural exchanges overseas. Since its first overseas tour in 1997 it has concluded successful tours to Singapore, Japan and Malaysia. In 2009 at the "A Voyage of Songs" International Choral Festival, the choir was awarded a gold diploma in both the Chamber Choir and Mixed Choir Open Category competitions, as well as the Category Winner Award in the Mixed Choir Open Category and the Jury Award. The MOYC has collaborated with many music groups including the reputable Bach Choir from the United Kingdom and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra from the United States.

     Since its establishment in 1981, the MOCC's membership has grown to over 80, with ages ranging from 8 to 15. The choir's recent repertoire includes both Western and Chinese choral works, with several local premieres. The choir has been invited to participate in a number of major events, including the 2nd International Children's Choir Festival (China), the 1999 and 2002 Hong Kong International Children's Choral Festival and a joint concert with the Macao Youth Choir (Core Juvenil de Macau) in 2007.

     Tickets priced at $60, $40 and $20 for the concert are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions are available for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

     Credit card booking can be made at 2111 5999, and Internet booking at www.urbtix.hk.  For programme enquiries, please call 2796 1003 or 2582 5311 or visit the website www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/MusicOffice/en/events_2012_11_14.php .

Ends/Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:00


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