During the holidays, five NECOM students spent a week at the 56th annual Melbourne State Music Camp. The Armidale students auditioned and gained entry to the most senior ensemble - the Bishop Orchestra. David Tan on violin, Sophie Mackson, Mia Baivucago and Jonathan Bruhl on viola and Disa Smart on cello.
After six days rehearsing the students performed in the Robert Blackwood Concert Hall at Monash University. The Bishop repertoire featured Beethoven's Consecration of the House Overture Op.124; Elgar's Nimrod from the variations on an original theme Op.36 and An American in Paris by Gershwin. The Armidale contingent was asked to stand in the concert as they had travelled so far to be there.
The Victorian State Music Camp is an annual, non-residential camp for orchestral musicians up to the age of 22. This much admired and respected camp is now in its 51st year. The camp provides instrumental students the opportunity to participate in one of two symphonic orchestras or two junior string orchestras. Players are given the opportunity to work closely with some of Australia's finest conductors and tutors to explore and develop the exhilaration and satisfaction of orchestral playing.
Below is an excerpt from the Bishop Orchestra performing An American in Paris in their soundcheck before the main concert: