Wednesday morning on August 30th, 92 students were waiting in the Melbourne drizzle outside the theatrette for the buses to take them to Rutherford Park Country Retreat in Blampied for our annual music camp. The overarching goal of Music Camp is to get to know music students and teachers and to enjoy music making in the company of like-minded musicians. Writing this upon our return, I think our goal was achieved!
We arrived in Blampied and the weather started to improve. Rehearsals began for the string, wind, percussion and vocal ensembles. Wednesday night saw a fantastic night of Latin dancing, with some other favourite dances thrown in. This really allowed everyone to properly meet all the other music students on the camp, and it was great fun.
Thursday morning began with -1C in the morning but became a beautiful day, where much of the playing was outside in the sunshine. Thanks to the year 10 and 11 students who ran the afternoon instrumental sessions to prepare for our “progressive concert” in the afternoon. They showed themselves to be great leaders of our younger students.
Red Faces that evening was truly entertaining and then we finished on the Friday with a workshop by Andrew Swann, who has performed with Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen – wow!
Thanks to all the student musicians, who conducted (pun intended!) themselves so well, and to the music teachers, without whom we could not have had Music Camp.