Strains of Tchaikovsky will resound around Oamaru in the new
year, as musicians taking part in the annual Waitaki Music
Camp perform for the public.
Now in its 17th year, the camp brings together musicians from
across New Zealand and Australia for 10 days of training
under the eye of professional players from the Auckland
Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, Southern Sinfonia and
New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.
The camp takes place at Waitaki Boys' High School from
January 3 to 13. Participants will perform Danzon No 2 by
Marquez and Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony at a public concert
on January 12, but are also scheduled to perform lunchtime
recitals at the Oamaru Public Gardens, Oamaru Sunday market
and Oamaru Opera House.
Organiser Paul Claman said the camp started in 1997 as a
throwback to the Otago University extension department music
camps of the 1970s and '80s.
"The response to the first camp was great with about 60
players attending, and it has grown from there with usually
70 or so in the orchestra these days. Many young players have
attended for several years in a row and then gone on to
further study and professional careers.
"Along with them, we have a loyal group of experienced
amateur musicians who just love to come and play for their
Enrolments for the camp were already being received, and
anyone interested in applying for a place could do so at
www.waitakimusic.org, he said.