Music camp to conclude with orchestral concert

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The Waitaki Summer Music Camp is well under way and will be ending with a public concert for Oamaru residents wishing to hear a full orchestra.

The camp, which has been running for 18 years, sees players of orchestral instruments around the country gathering for 10 days of training.

Camp organiser Paul Claman said it was nice for the community to have the concert at the end as Oamaru did not often get a full orchestra visiting.

They would be playing Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Mozart, Calvert and Schumann and were very well prepared, he said.

“We have a really good group this year.”

He was pleased to have former camp participant Kate Oswin, from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, return to perform on the violin.

“She is a real up and coming star.”

The first week of the camp, which had 30 participants, was focused on chamber music and the second week has had 60 participants and is focusing on orchestral music.

People of all ages from 14 to over 80 have attended this year’s camp, Mr Claman said.

“Everybody has a great time.”

The concert will be held at the Waitaki Boys’ High School Auditorium at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets are $10 for an adult, $5 for a child and $20 for a family. Door sales and cash only.

By RUBY HARFIELD