Posted April 5th, 2014 by Jason N
So I’ve now returned from a three day strings music camp. It was a lot of fun, although quite tiring once you’ve been rehearsing for more than a couple of hours. We had a good guest conductor, who used to go to GWSC as well. We played three pieces: Allegro from Sinfonia No. 6 in G Minor by J. C. Bach, Orientale (Op. 15, No. 2) by Alexander Glazunov and four of the Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók. We’re going to be playing these pieces for the VSMF later in the year, which is the reason behind us going to this camp.
We also had a trivia night and challenge, in which we had to answer music related questions (the trivia) and perform a recreation of a famous movie scene (the challenge). It was an interesting experience, and my group came 5th, which is not a bad effort at all.
Since this camp was a strings-only camp, due to our VSMF performance being a lot earlier than the band’s performance, we were able to do a mass item rehearsal, with all of the string players playing the same piece (Excalibur by Stephen Chin). It’s very different to be in a room with a hundred people all trying to play in time and pitch, compared to our little twenty-odd member concert string ensemble who attended the camp.
Free time was great; there was a lot of time to be doing as you pleased, and interestingly, one of my friends had brought with him a set of walkie-talkies (he also brought a power board and various other cables, so you can see what kind of person he is) and promptly began listening to (spying on?) people on ‘channel 4’ who were talking about servicing cars. There was also a lot of piano playing and improvisation… It’s nice when you have a room full of people where you can just all start playing and everything fits together perfectly. I was disappointed that there are now no more rooms with two pianos; I liked the possibility of four hands over two keyboards.
The food was pretty good, although having gone to this same venue twice before, you notice that the food has never changed once… Oh well, you never really get sick of chocolate pudding or apple crumble for dessert.
I’ve pretty much summarised what happened… More to come at a later date.
On another note, I got full marks for my first methods SAC. Hopefully the rest of them will be the same.
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