Music Camp 2018

Concert Band in rehearsal at Music Camp 2018

Concert Band in rehearsal at Music Camp 2018

By Kirsten Knight, Acting Head of Co-Curricular Music

On the weekend of 16–18 February, the College's top three Co-curricular music groups attended Radford's annual Music Camp at Greenhills Conference Centre on the Cotter Road. The 75 or so members of the Bernstein Band, Corelli Chamber String Orchestra and Camerata Choir rehearsed tirelessly throughout the weekend to kickstart progress on their Term 1 repertoire.

Camerata and Corelli used most of their time to learn some of the beautiful pieces they will present at our 'Justice' themed Foundation Day Concert on Friday 6 April at the High Court of Australia. Chorale attended the camp throughout the day on Saturday to rehearse the items they will singing at this event. One of the pieces that will be featured in the Foundation Day Concert is a work that the Radford Music Department commissioned to be written by Radford Collegian, Sophie Van Dijk. The performance on 6 April will be the world premiere of this evocative work.

There was a lot of fun had outside of rehearsal times too. On Saturday evening the water-play activities on the oval descended into recreational chaos as everyone cooled off at the end of a long, hot day. Then the Music Captains delivered an evening of entertainment at the traditional trivia night. It was magical to witness the forming of friendships and bonds between students from Year 7 to Year 12.

Fun at Music Camp 2018

The camp concluded with a short concert with all three groups demonstrating some of the work they had done over the intensive weekend and finishing with a performance by all campers singing 'Festival Sanctus'. My thanks go to all the staff who assisted with supervision and rehearsals, as well as to Greenhills for offering us such a serene venue for our musicians to enjoy.

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