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Young music campers to showcase musical achievements in concerts

     More than 400 young musicians and choir members who have participated in the 2016 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp will perform fine Chinese and Western music pieces at two concerts to be held in August to showcase their musical achievements.

     Presented by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the 2016 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concerts will be held at 3pm on August 7 and 14 at the Concert Halls of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong City Hall respectively. The concerts will be conducted by acclaimed international maestros and are part of the summer programme International Arts Carnival 2016.

     The first concert will be performed by the Camp's Children's Choir, Junior String Orchestra and Chinese Orchestra. Highlights of the programme will include Chilcott's "The Lily and the Rose", showcasing the pure and passionate feelings of a teenage bride-to-be; the large-scale Oriental-style orchestral work "Symphony of the Hero with Great Eagle", 2nd and 4th movements, which brings together Western instruments and a famous wuxia story; and "Sun Festival", an erhu and orchestra piece that displays the distinctive "Big Drum Dance" of the Jino ethnic group in China. The conductors will be the Founder and conductor of the Sydney Children's Choir of Australia, Lyn Williams; experienced composer and conductor from Taiwan, Wong Fu-tong; and the Resident Conductor of the Chinese National Orchestra, Liu Sha. The huqin principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Zhang Chongxue, will be the guest erhu soloist.

     The second concert will be conducted by the Conductor of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, Yao Shenshen; member of the Sotto Voce Quartet from the US, Demondrae Thurman; and internationally renowned conductor and experienced music educator from Taiwan Chen Tscheng-hsiung. Under their batons, the Camp's Junior Chinese Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra will perform wonderful music pieces, including "The Family Legend - The Moon at Dawn over Lugou Bridge", which highlights the ancient charm of Beijing by adopting Peking opera musical elements; "The Year of the Dragon", featuring the varied tone colour of the Symphonic Band; and "Scheherazade", revisiting the classic story "One Thousand and One Nights" in four symphonic movements.

     The Hong Kong Youth Music Camp is a major annual summer activity of the Music Office which provides intensive training to musicians in a scenic campsite setting. Participants can also enjoy recreational and sports facilities at the camp and display their talent in the concerts.

     Tickets for the concerts priced at $50, $70 and $90 are now available at URBTIX ( For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2796 1003 or 2582 5311 or visit

Ends/Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Issued at HKT 12:01


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