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Saturday, June 28, 2014

UPU News : Which letter will be music to jury’s ear?

27.06.2014 - The letters have been received, and a jury of international experts is hard at work selecting the winners of the UPU’s 43rd International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People.

This year, an estimated 1.5 young people up to 15 wrote a letter about how music can touch lives, the competition’s theme.
Once again, the competition generated good participation among the UPU’s membership. Fifty-three countries from all regions of the world organized national competitions to select the one letter that would represent them at the international level.
The winners of the UPU’s gold, silver and bronze medals will be announced in August 2014.

Music in their blood

This year’s jury members include: Jesse Boere, a young singer-songwriter from the Netherlands and member of the International Music Council; Matt Clark, programme manager with Jeunesses Musicales International, the world’s largest youth music non-governmental organization; Emily Randall, outreach assistant at Playing for Change, a U.S.-based organization that creates and supports music schools around the world; Adrian Kreda, professor and dean of piano at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève; and Damiano Giuranna, music and artistic director of the World Youth Orchestra, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
The UPU’s International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People was officially launched in 1971.
Since then, millions of young people all over the world have participated in the competition at national and international levels. The competition aims to make young people aware of the role postal services play in our societies, develop their skills in composition and the ability to express their thoughts clearly, and foster their enjoyment of letter writing.

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