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July
Hong Kong youth campers to give two concerts
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About 400 budding musicians who will receive intensive training from renowned overseas and local conductors at the "2004 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp" will perform two afternoon concerts in August to share their results with the public.

The dynamic "2004 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concerts" will be held at 3pm on August 1 at the Auditorium of the Tuen Mun Town Hall and the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong City Hall on August 8.

The "Camp Concert I" on August 1 will be performed by the Youth Chinese Orchestra, Junior String Orchestra, Children's Choir and the Children's Band. Highlights of the programme include the Zhang Shiye's world premiere "Capriccio on the Lijiang of Yunnan Province", Russell's "Signs of Life II", Kodaly's "Psalm 150" and Jarre's "Medley form Lawrence of Arabia".

The "Camp Concert II" on August 8 will be presented by the Youth Symphony Orchestra, Youth Band, Children's Chinese Orchestra. The programme includes Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol, Op34", Respighi's "Pines of the Appian Way" and Peng Xiuwen's "Dance of the Yao People".

Conductors for the concerts are the former Artistic Director of the Vanguard Folk Orchestra of the Jinan Troops, Zhang Shiye, the Music Director of Springfield Symphony, Peter Wilson, the Artistic Director and founder of Syracuse Children's Chorus, Dr Barbara Tagg, the Former Principal Director of Music of Royal Air Force, Eric Banks, and Concertmaster and Assistant Conductor of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Wong On-yeun.

The Music Camp is a major annual summer activity organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department with the aim of providing intensive training to musicians aged between 9 and 25 in a scenic campsite. In addition, the campers are encouraged to participate in various recreational and sports activities in the camp.

Tickets at $60 and $40 are now available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price concession is available for senior citizens, people with disability, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistant recipients.

Reservations can be made at 2734 9009 and programme enquiries at 2796 7523 or 2582 5264. Webstie: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice

Ends/Thursday, July 22, 2004
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