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Join Music Office's bands, orchestras and choirs as new members

Young musicians now have an opportunity to hone their music skills by joining the Music Office's bands, orchestras and choirs.

The Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is recruiting members for its 16 bands, orchestras and two choirs. Training will start in September and run until May, 2006. The deadline for application is May 17.

Young musicians aged 25 or under, who have attained the required musical standard, are welcome to apply. In addition to weekly rehearsals, members can participate in community cultural activities and concerts and broaden their horizons by collaborating with musicians from the Mainland and overseas.

Training is free but young musicians are required to bring their own instruments (except for bulky ones) to rehearsals and performances and to pay for their uniforms and musical scores.

The 18 groups open for recruitment are: the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Strings, Hong Kong Junior Chamber Ensemble, Island Youth Strings, Kowloon Youth Strings, New Territories Youth Strings, Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band, Kowloon Youth Symphonic Band, New Territories Youth Symphonic Band, Hong Kong Children's Symphonic Band, Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Youth Chinese Plucked String Orchestra, Island Youth Chinese Orchestra, Kowloon Youth Chinese Orchestra, New Territories Youth Chinese Orchestra, Music Office Children's Chinese Orchestra, Music Office Youth Choir and Music Office Children's Choir.

Leaflets and application forms are now available at all Music Office's music centres or the website, .

Qualified applicants will be invited to attend auditions in June or July, during which they will be required to play scales, a musical selection of their choice and take a sight-reading or sight-singing test. Audition results will be made known by mid-August.

For enquiries, please call the Music Office's music centres at 2802 0657 (Hong Kong), 2796 2893 (Kwun Tong), 2399 2200 (Mongkok), 2158 6462 (Sha Tin) and 2417 6429 (Tsuen Wan).

Ends/Friday, May 6, 2005

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