National Music Camp 2012 – Day 11

Posted by Jillian Twigger
Wednesday 18th January, 2012

First thing this morning Bishop Orchestra could be heard sinking their teeth into Sibelius’ Second Symphony. Aiming to motivate the upper strings in a dramatic passage, William Conway suggested they play ‘like 43 Paganinis’ and a spine-tingling crescendo ensued. (If only it was always this easy!)

After lunch, the first General Chamber Music concert took place over a marathon two-and-a-half-hours. For many Campers, this concert was the culmination of many hours of practice and rehearsal. It was pleasing to see some Australian composers on the bill, including Miriam Hyde, Elena Kats-Chernin, and Matthew Hindson.

Highlights included:

- The compelling double bass and bassoon duo performing Telemann’s Canonic Sonata No. 2 with great sensitivity for the music and for one another.

- Impressive virtuosity and tight ensemble playing from the Ibert trio for oboe, clarinet, and bassoon.

- A crisp rendition of Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 20 No. 2.

- The mesmerising harp duo playing Tournier’s Preludes.

- And last but not least, the double bass quintet’s surprise rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance'.

Delightful WAMmer Naomi Johnson presented the afternoon’s Percussion Ensemble Concert, offering insights into the music, and bravely attempting to get some sense out of our  percussion tutors. The highlight in a strong program was Gavin Bryars’ At Portage and Main  for percussion quintet, which conjures up surreal images the coldest and windiest intersection in America.

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