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86 Children Picked For Permata Seni Koir And Muzik Programmes | 11/01/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 2010 (Bernama) -- Eighty-six children have been picked as the first group for the Permata Seni Koir and Permata Seni Muzik programmes aimed at expanding their talent.

The Prime Minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said, 51 children picked for Permata Seni Koir had passed a vocal test held from Sept to Nov last year.

"Permata Seni Koir run by the National Culture and Arts Department is a platform to promote the talent of 7 to 12 year-old children in choir singing," she said when launching Permata Seni Koir and Permata Seni Muzik here Monday.

Rosmah who is also Permata Negara patron said they would be guided by trainers, attend Permata Seni Koir camp and given intensive training by foreign trainers during school holidays.

Permata Seni Muzik run by Istana Budaya is targeted at children who excelled at playing musical instruments like violin, viola, cello and piano.

She said 35 children picked after a test in Sept and Oct would train for one year and attend Kem Permata Muzik during school holidays.

"I hope that Permata Seni Koir dan Muzik can create children choir and music groups for the international stage," she added.

Meanwhile, Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the ministry would step up culture and arts programmes in schools.

"We will pick children inclined to music to become pioneer in projects run by culture clubs in 827 schools nationwide," he said.


Source: BERNAMA
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