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Orchestra Camp

The orchestra went on Camp over the weekend of 19 - 22 February to prepare their repertoire for the year.

All packed and ready to go, instruments in one hand and talents in the other, the orchestra members embarked on a three day adventure, filled with expectations.  We would have the opportunity to come together, to bond and to express ourselves the best way we know how, through musical expression.

When we arrived at the campsite, “Rusticana”, we were greeted by nature in its most beautiful and simplest from. The beautiful surroundings served to inspire our creative energy and the work commenced.  A few notes here and a few notes there later turned into a finished product of which we could all be proud.

We practised “Sound of Music” almost every waking minute of the day – not without some rather amusing and enjoyable side effects. Walking from room to room, one could hear the humming of the sweet tune, “Edelweiss”, or one would hear the humming of, “Climb every mountain”, emanating from the shower.   Practicing “The Chronicles of Narnia” really brought out our inner sense of adventure and this adventure was given life as we devoured delightfully golden brown Chelsea buns, glistening and glittering with sweet warm butter and a dusting of icing that tasted more and more like heaven with every bite.

Flavour sensations, delights and adventures continued with the quiche that had mouth-watering effects.  We are indebted to Ms Fourie for her time and her talent – she fed us with skill, passion and creativity and we could not have asked for a greater accompaniment to our music making.

We were blessed on this three day adventure with the presence of a very talented and amazing musician, opera singer, Saxophonist and Violist.   Thank you Mrs van Amstel, Ms de Villiers, Ms Fortuin and Mrs Thomas – we are indeed blessed to have such talented women teaching, training and sharing their passion for music with us. They were more than happy to share their experiences with us, to  share their thoughts and opinions which would help us on our journey to success and we are truly grateful for them blessing us with their presence.

The orchestra camp was an adventure filled with laughter, joy, learning, experiences and mostly hard work. Between bouts of hard work, we still found time to bond and that is what Rhenish is all about, bonding as sisters. Sadly, the camp came to an end, the last touch of a piano key, the last ending bow on a string and the closing of the conductor’s hand.

Jamie Barron


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