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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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2015 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 4

Posted by Jessica Donohue
Thursday 8th January, 2015
This morning when I unpacked my bag at the WAM base, I discovered that my USB was no longer connected to my lanyard of keys and swipe cards. Somewhere between the journey home last night, and the trek across the sunny campus this morning, my USB had made a break for freedom. Perhaps it took a fancy to finding a new home in the succulent gardens. Or perhaps it had decided to start a new life in the waters of the River Torrens, traversing the murky depths in search of adventure. This was a slight misadventure, as this USB contained all my research and writing for National Music Camp…including for our first major deadline, in three and a half hours. My heart rate rose and my breathing quickened as I emptied the contents of my bag across the table, seeking the past three and a half days’ work.

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