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2015 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 8

Posted by Samuel Cottell
Tuesday 13th January, 2015
As the rain drizzled down in the early evening, we all made our way to the magnificent Elder Hall to watch our tutors perform in another amazing chamber concert. The music of Ravel, Dvorak, Bernstein and our composition tutor, Stuart Greenbaum, awaited us. We shuffled into the hall out of the dreary rain (a welcome relief from the heat, I guess) and took our seats, expecting a chamber group to appear. It didn’t. Hannah, an Arts Administration student, took centre stage instead. ‘Imagine a signed jersey of your favourite football team, but a million times cooler.’, she said.

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2015 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 7

Posted by Angus McPherson
Monday 12th January, 2015
On Saturday evening, against a backdrop of blaring rock music and boisterous celebration, I corralled Douglas ‘Dougie’ Boyd, to get his thoughts: ‘It’s just totally inspiring. If I’m going to come to the other side of the planet, I can’t think of anything better than making music with the Australian Youth Orchestra.’ Half an hour earlier, he had been on the stage of the Elder Hall, conducting the Bishop Orchestra in Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

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2015 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 6

Posted by Samuel Cottell
Saturday 10th January, 2015
It has been present at almost every rehearsal, at the writing of great novels and at the hand of great artists. It is there when inventors have a sudden flash of genius. It is there when great leaders make serious decisions. It has been the tool of trade for many creative minds. I speak of the humble pencil.

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2015 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 5

Posted by Eugenie Puskarz Thomas
Friday 9th January, 2015
The annual staff vs students cricket match, I have discovered over the past few days, is a quintessential part of the National Music Camp experience. Ever since arriving at camp I have witnessed the somewhat extraordinary lengths that staff and students go to prepare for this hallowed occasion. There has been everything from covert practice sessions in the back ovals of Adelaide University to elaborate code names and heated strategic debates over dinner.

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