Learning music at a scenic campsite and sharing experiences with other budding musicians will enable young performers to be inspired anew.
The Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is now inviting applications for the 2013 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp. A well-received annual summer programme, the camp offers young musicians an opportunity to receive training from renowned overseas and Mainland musicians, take part in intensive orchestral, band and choral training programmes to enhance their musical skills and to share the experience with other budding musicians in a scenic environment. In addition, campers will also perform in two concerts which will be held in July to showcase their achievements.
The 2013 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp will be held from July 14 to 20 (Camp A) and from July 21 to 27 (Camp B) at the Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village. Qualified local young musicians aged 10 to 25 are welcome to apply. The fee is $1,110 per person for the seven-day and six-night music camp.
Young musicians from overseas and the Mainland are also welcome to join the above music camps but with an extra day added, so that the dates run from July 14 to 21 (Camp A) and from July 21 to 28 (Camp B). The fee for overseas and Mainland campers is $1,670 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 Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Band and the Junior Chinese Orchestra in Camp A, and the Chinese Orchestra, the Youth Choir and the Junior String Orchestra in Camp B.
Renowned musicians participating in this year's training programme include the Resident Conductor of Xi'an Conservatory of Music Chinese Orchestra and second prize winner of the 2010 Hong Kong International Conducting Competition for Chinese Music, Mr Xiao Chao; Artistic and Music Director of Cordoba Symphonic Band in Argentina and Chairman of the Social Youth Orchestras and Bands Programme of the Argentina Culture Ministry, Mr Gustavo Fontana; Concertmaster and Associate Conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra (United States) and Professor of Violin and Director of String Studies and Conductor of University Symphony Orchestra at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington (United States), Dr Philip Baldwin; Music Director of the Saint Mary's Chamber Orchestra (United States) and Assistant Professor of Violin at Saint Mary's University, Minnesota (United States), Dr Leung Chun-chim; Director of the Choir of King's College in Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Conductor Laureate of the BBC Singers, Mr Stephen Cleobury and Former Director of Taipei Chinese Orchestra and Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Mr Chen Tscheng-hsiung.
In addition to learning music in a natural environment, campers can also participate in various recreational activities such as ball games, archery, sports climbing, cycling and mini-golf at the campsite.
The day camp, titled "A Super-duper Musical Destination" and costing $59 per person per day, will also be available every Monday to Friday from July 15 to 26 for organisations, families and any other groups of individuals to share delightful musical activities such as visits to the camp choir, band and orchestra rehearsals, mini concerts, musical games and various recreational facilities available in the camp. A concessionary rate of $43 per person for children, full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 and above and people with disabilities is also available.
Application forms are available at all Music Office Music Centres and the Music Office's website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/MusicOffice/en/events_2013_02_21.php and www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/MusicOffice/en/events_2013_02_26.php . The deadline for applications for the residential camp is April 1 and the deadline for the day camp is May 20.
For enquiries, please call 2582 5334.
Ends/Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:06