BORDER MUSIC CAMP: Wild about sweet cello sounds

Sounds great to me:The camp’s cello players led by Jacinta Rees, 8, from Sydney, with her trusty instrument.
Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Sounds great to me:The camp’s cello players led by Jacinta Rees, 8, from Sydney, with her trusty instrument. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

WHILE the cello is hardly the most portable of instruments, it sounds “glorious”, according to the record number of cellists at this year’s Border Music Camp.

The annual camp at The Scots School has attracted 37 players, up on 25 in previous years.

Wooragee’s Lynne Williams reckons she knows why the bowed string instrument is so popular.

“It’s the king of instruments for its glorious sound,” she said.

“My husband made one that I play to this day.”

The cello is almost as big as Jacinta Rees, 8, of Sydney, who agrees its weight makes it a pain to carry around.

Band Camp director Alastair McKean said while the cello was not the most practical instrument, its beauty and sound more than made up for it’s shortcomings.

“We had to accommodate our ensemble into a much larger room for the week,” he said.

The Albury camp attracted 240 musicians, playing everything from the cello to the drums.

They spent the week learning from some of the Border’s best tutors.

The camp wraps up today with a performance for the public tonight from 7.30pm at The Scots School.

Tickets cost $18 an adult, $10 concession or $55 for a family of five.

They can be bought at the door or by calling 0412 711 819.

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