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2015 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 10

Posted by Jessica Donohue
Thursday 15th January, 2015
There was an air of equatorial merriment at camp this morning. Despite another drizzling sky suggesting a more reserved tone would be proper, glances across the breakfast table yielded visions of exotic fruits, colourful birds and large, cheerful flowers. I hadn’t thought musicians a particularly fashionable breed (something about the funereal all black dress code), yet today turned out many campers in their intemperate best. Even a fellow WAMster appeared as a flowing brightly-coloured creation in our austere, practical computer room.

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2015 AYO National Music Camp | Blog 9

Posted by Delia Bartle
Thursday 15th January, 2015
There’s a small booth crammed in the back of Elder Hall, invisible unless you specifically look for it. This is the home of the two 2015 Sound Production students, Oliver Brighton and Matt Toffolon. These two are not afraid to tackle challenges head on. Alongside tutor Andrew Dixon and ABC Classic FM producer Kat McGuffie, they were responsible for the live broadcast of Saturday’s concert on ABC Classic FM.

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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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