Hong Kong Youth Music Camp Concert Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed: Jul 29 This was the first of two summer concerts organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Music Office, gathering 210 players aged 10- to 25-years-old for a week of intensive training. Awards, flowers, gifts and kisses were abundant - pleasantly normal for such an event. Quality music-making was the focus, however, with the spotlight falling squarely on the three imported conductors and their ability to mould the students' skill and enthusiasm. Australian Ralph Hultgren directed the symphonic wind band, the 60 members playing with an impressive tightness throughout. The repertoire available for the ensemble is vast, but Hultgren chose to present three of his own works. The first two had little to commend them, but Bushdance, built on traditional tunes, was readily attractive to audience and players, the latter responding with a more secure level of tuning. American Scott Parkman directed the symphony orchestra, ploughing the players through a second-rate arrangement of first-class music (Stokowski's version of Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor). No wonder they visibly relaxed in de Falla's Suite No2 from The Three-Cornered Hat, as they captured the atmosphere and volatility of the richer score. The meat in the sandwich was the Junior Chinese Orchestra. Under mainland conductor Liu Sha's superb direction, these young players were enormously impressive. Liu drew an emotional commitment from them. The music rarely stood still, its well-judged balance constantly coloured by superb phrasing, supple dynamics and elasticity of speed. Dancing, autumn and youthful exuberance were the basis of the three well-contrasted pieces that translated faithfully in both detail and overall effect.