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2016 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 4

Posted by Antonia Zappia
Monday 11th January, 2016
The dryers are humming. A percussionist, a little confused, mistakes the dryer for a washing machine. As they rescue their clothes, I talk them through how it all works and we chat about the year ahead. Their smiling, bright eyes are grateful. It’s Sunday, the after-concert free day and, unfortunately, it’s 34 degrees outside. Many people seem dazed. It’s a perfect time to rest, practise and, of course, recalibrate.

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2016 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 3

Posted by Adrienne Salmon
Friday 8th January, 2016
Arriving at AYO National Music Camp last Saturday, I was totally oblivious of just how frantic my first few days in Canberra would really be. But, after the nerve-racking first introductions and with one deadline already accomplished, I feel I am truly getting the hang of it and loving every minute. With our team disappearing in and out between mealtimes and tutorials or typing furiously away in the ‘West Wing’ (our palatial office), I suspected you all might wonder exactly what our days and nights entail. Here is a day in the life of a WAMster.

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2016 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 2

Posted by Antonia Zappia
Tuesday 5th January, 2016
There’s something wonderful about making new memories in a place you’ve known before. Retracing your steps, feeling the warmth of familiarity interrupted by the arrival of yet-to-be-made acquaintances. For me the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and the grounds of the Australian National University hold such treasures.

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2016 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 1

Posted by Dylan Henderson
Monday 4th January, 2016
Despite the grim weather, the atmosphere among the students and tutors already seems charged with optimism and promise, so perhaps it would not be amiss to characterise such a congregation of talent as a ‘thriving metropolis’ - if only for a week or two.

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