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Over 200 orchestras and bands to participate in "2013 Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows"

     Over 200 orchestras and bands from primary and secondary schools will participate in the "2013 Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows" from November 19 to December 12 held in various venues. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and tickets for most of the contests are available for purchase now.

     Organised annually by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows" aims to provide a music exchange opportunity for young local musicians and contests for symphony orchestras, string orchestras, Chinese orchestras and symphonic bands. This year's competition has been well received, with a high number of participating teams from schools within the territory.

     There will be 49 orchestras in the Symphony Orchestra Contest, to be held in six sessions at the Auditorium of Tsuen Wan Town Hall on November 19 and 20.

     Forty-two teams will take part in the String Orchestra Contest, to be held at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall on November 27 and 28 in five sessions.

     Seventy-two bands will compete in the Symphonic Band Contest in nine classes at the Arena of Queen Elizabeth Stadium from December 3 to 6. The Gold Award winners of each class will vie for Grand Champion titles in the primary and secondary school categories at the Winners' Final on December 7. The Principal Tuba of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Paul Luxenberg, will perform with the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band in the Final.

     Finally, seventy-four orchestras will take part in the Chinese Orchestra Contest, to be held in five classes at the Auditorium of Tuen Mun Town Hall from December 10 to 12.

     Tickets priced at $40 for the Symphony Orchestra Contest, the String Orchestra Contest and the Symphonic Band Contest are now available at URBTIX and tickets for the Chinese Orchestra Contest will be available from November 10. Half-price concessionary tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

     For credit card telephone booking, please call 2111 5999. Internet booking is available at . For programme enquiries, please call 2582 5321 (symphony orchestras and string orchestras), 2582 5264 (symphonic bands) or 2582 5311 (Chinese orchestras), or visit the website at .

Ends/Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Issued at HKT 17:05


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