Camp gives stage to musicians' flair

Invercargill musician Nick Bodkin-Oier.
Invercargill musician Nick Bodkin-Oier.

Invercargill musician Nick Bodkin-Oier, 18, is one of five Southlanders, all from Invercargill, at a national band camp near Gore this week.

The National Youth Brass Band is in the middle of a 10-day training programme at Camp Columba at Pukerau, in preparation for three concerts.

Each year, organisers call for talented young musicians from throughout New Zealand to audition for the band.

Never having performed together, band members participate in an intensive programme featuring masterclasses, workshops and tutorials to bind the group together.

There are 10 educators at the camp including UK conductor and trainer Dr Robert Childs who arrived at the camp yesterday.

Tutors teach the musicians, all under 23 years-old, how to play top-grade music and presentation skills.

Band manager Evan Sayer said some of the best educators in the country were at the camp.

Last year, the band went to China to play at an international music festival.

Performances start tonight with a concert in Roxburgh, before moving to Invercargill tomorrow, and Dunedin on Saturday.

The Southland Times