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Hong Kong Youth Music Camp open for applications

Learning music in a fun summer camp will give young budding musicians new inspiration.

Applications for the "2005 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp" are now open. A well-received annual summer programme, the Music Camp 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 2005 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp will be held from July 31 to August 7 (Camp A) and August 8 to 13 (Camp B) at the Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre. Qualified young musicians aged between 10 and 25 are invited 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.

Residential campers may choose to join one of the music groups including Chinese Orchestra, Junior String Orchestra and Symphonic Band in Camp A, and Symphony Orchestra, Youth Choir and Junior Chinese Orchestra in Camp B. Camp fees per person are $550 for seven days and six nights.

Day camp is also available for organisations and groups to share in the music and recreational activities of the campers. Camp fees per person per day are $36.

Renowned musicians participating in this year's training programme include Resident Conductor of the China Broadcasting Folk Orchestra Zhang Lie, Principal Second Violinist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Geoffrey Applegate, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Middle Tennessee State University Dr Reed Thomas, former Director of Music at the University of Warwick Colin Touchin, and Professor of Choral Conducting at Johann Joseph Fux Konservatorium Des Landes Steiemark Franz Herzog.

Application forms are available from the Music Office's music centres or from the website . The deadline for applications for the residential camp and day camp are April 25 and May 18 respectively.

For enquiries, please call 2582 5334.

Ends/Monday, April 18, 2005
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