Grammar Ascham String Ensemble Camp

13 May 2019

Grammar Ascham String Ensemble Camp

Our Preparatory musicians reaching high standards in Chamber Music.

For a number of years, string players from Edgecliff Preparatory School and Ascham School have combined to form a String Ensemble, meeting once a week. Each year, the group cements their chamber music skills, and learns to work effectively as a team, in a camp. In 2019, twenty-six children from Years 4, 5 and 6 travelled to Mosman on Friday 22 March, by train, ferry, and walking the coastal track to Chowder Bay, to spend two nights at the Land’s Edge Centre.

The weekend included kayaking, swimming, T-shirt making, a Trivia quiz, a camp concert, and hours of rehearsing in preparation for a Sunday afternoon concert. Mr Nicholas Parry (Sydney Grammar School) led rehearsals with Ms Joanne Huey (Ascham) while Robin Carter, and Caroline Taylor-Newling ran the camp.

The concert was enjoyed by staff and families. It is rewarding to see the growth that occurs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, given that the children only see some of the music for the first time when they arrive at camp. We have come to love this event each year and all are grateful to those who had the vision to create an opportunity for the two schools to combine in this way.