AYO National Music Camp 2013: Blog 4
By Andrew Aronowicz
Day 8: Intermission
After the hard work invested in preparing last night’s double concert bill, all campers were relishing the chance to take a well-deserved break from the hectic rehearsal schedule. Many participants took the opportunity to sleep-in well past the 7:00am breakfast call this morning, after the celebrations following the concerts at Elder Hall last night. Of course, after a week of sometimes excruciatingly hot weather, all were hoping for another beautiful sunny day in Adelaide. The campers woke instead to gloomy rain and grey skies.
For many, this weather was the perfect excuse to stay at home in the college apartments, catching up on much needed rest and sleep (and for the dedicated few some extra practice). Others ventured into the city, exploring the Adelaide streets for shopping, food and fun. The dinner hall at St. Mark’s College this evening was full of excited chatter as campers relayed their stories about the day’s activities. Trips to the zoo and the cinema, and even ice-skating were just some of the many adventures had by campers today. Those looking for a quiet time explored the art gallery and museum, while some looked for more unusual ways to fill up their free time (yabby fishing and Australia’s Next Top Model auditions on the top of the list).
But as the last bites of chocolate pudding were being savoured, talk then turned to the coming week and the second round of intense rehearsals for the final concerts on Saturday 19th January. Rehearsals resumed again this evening, after what seemed like an all-too-short break. A musician’s job really is never done. We can rest assured however that all the campers are getting excited for the next round of rehearsals, tutorials and seminars, with the promise of an amazing set of concerts at the end of the week.