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Hong Kong Youth Music Camp open for applications

Learning music in a summer camp can give new inspiration to young budding musicians.

Applications are now open for the 2004 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp, which offers young musicians the opportunity to receive training from renowned local, overseas and Mainland musicians and share experiences with other budding musicians in a scenic, natural environment.

Presented by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the 2004 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp will be held from July 25 (Sunday) to August 8 (Sunday) at Tso Kung Tam Outdoor Recreation Centre. Qualified young musicians between the ages of 9 and 25 are welcome to apply.

Campers will participate in one of the intensive training programmes in band, orchestra or chorus as well as a balanced programme of musical and recreational activities designed for relaxation and development of musical skills. In addition, two concerts will be held at the conclusion of the camp to showcase the campers' achievements.

Renowned musicians participating in this year's training programme include Mr Eric Banks, former Principal Director of Music of Royal Air Force; Dr Barbara Tagg, Artistic Director and Founder of Syracuse Children's Chorus; Mr Peter Wilson, Music Director of Springfield Symphony; Mr Wong On-yuen, Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; and Mr Zhang Shiye, former Artistic Director of the Vanguard Folk Orchestra of the Jinan Troops.

Residential campers may choose to join one of the music groups including Youth Chinese Orchestra, Junior String Orchestra, Children's Choir, Children's Band, Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Band and Children's Chinese Orchestra. Camp fees per person are $280 for four days three nights and $550 for seven days six nights.

Day camp is also available for groups and individuals to share the delightful music and recreational activities of the campers.

Leaflets and application forms are available from the Music Office's music centres or can be downloaded from the website . The deadline for applications for the residential camp and day camp are May 3 and May 10 respectively.

For enquiries, please call 2582 5334 or 2158 6466.

Ends/Monday, April 26, 2004
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