Border Music Camp closes applications early owing to high numbers

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Ruth, 16, Esther, 11, Mattea, 13, and Joash Little, 9, get ready for the 43rd Border Music Camp. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Ruth, 16, Esther, 11, Mattea, 13, and Joash Little, 9, get ready for the 43rd Border Music Camp. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

AN ALBURY musical tradition is going through a pleasing but unprecedented situation.

Border Music Camp is nearly full more than two weeks before the official entry closing date.

Publicity officer Sue Pringle said 219 applicants had registered by earlier this week and subsequent entries might need to be wait-listed.

“We have had to cut off trumpet and percussion, we can’t take any more students of those instruments,” she said.

“There is a possibility we can take students of bassoon, clarinet, French horn, oboe, violin and viola.”

A residential and day camp for musicians of all ages and experience, Border Music Camp takes place each year at The Scots School Albury in the NSW winter school holidays.

Students join one of six large ensembles, with rehearsals, tutorials and smaller elective groups filling up the daily program.

The week culminates in two public evening concerts on Friday and Saturday.

In 1975, the first camp began with 61 participants but now there are about 220 and up to 60 staff members.

Mrs Pringle said increased promotion through social media and also a recent cinema advertisement might have led to the high entry numbers.

“This is the first year that we’ve ever been able to say we’ve been close to full at this time,” she said.

“We usually get to this number, but not as early as we have this year.

“It’s exciting.”

The application process has now been closed, but any players of the required instruments wishing to register can contact the camp’s student administrator on 0412 711 819.

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