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November
140 orchestras and band to battle it out
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A total of 140 orchestras and bands from local schools and community groups will participate in the "2003 Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows" held from November 29 (Saturday) to December 14 (Sunday).

"The Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows", organised annually by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, includes the String/Symphony Orchestra Contest, Chinese Orchestra Contest, Marching Band Interflow and Symphonic Band Contest.

The String/Symphony Orchestra Contest will be held at the Auditorium of Tuen Mun Town Hall on November 29 (Saturday). Seventeen symphony orchestras from local schools and community groups will perform from 10am with oboe soloist Mr Gordon Yap as guest performer. Seventeen string orchestras will perform from 3pm on the same day. The guest performance will be a violin duet by Mr Jensen Lung and Ms Teng Yuk.

The Chinese Orchestra Contest, which will be held at the Auditorium of Shatin Town Hall, has attracted 52 groups of contestants. The primary school class will be held on December 6 (Saturday) at 2.30pm. The secondary school class with eight to 30 performers will perform on December 7 (Sunday) from 10am while those with more than 31 performers will be held at 3.30pm. Huqin soloist Mr Yu Qiwei is guest performer accompanied by the Music Office Chinese Music instructors.

In addition, the Marching Band Interflow, which has drawn 17 bands to participate, will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on December 6 (Saturday) and 7 (Sunday) from 2.30pm.

The Symphonic Band Contest, which will be held at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong City Hall, will be divided into primary and secondary school classes. Eleven bands from primary schools will join the contest on December 13 (Saturday) at 10am. Twenty-six bands from secondary schools will perform on December 13 (Saturday) from 2.30pm, and December 14 from 10am and 2.30pm. The Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia will give a guest performance at the December 14 afternoon session.

Tickets priced at $20 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions are available to senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients. There is a 10% discount for each purchase of five to nine full-price tickets, and 20% discount for each purchase of 10 or more full-price tickets.

For programme enquiries, please call 2582 5334 or 2582 5263. For details, see the website, http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice . Internet bookings can be made at http://www.urbtix.gov.hk and telephone reservations on 2734 9009.

Ends/Wednesday, November 5, 2003
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