WHAT HAPPENED IN 2020?
2020 was a challenging year for all. While many events early in the year had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, we were very fortunate to be situated in the best place in the world, which meant we could go ahead with events in the second half of the year with only relatively minor adjustments.
While we were in lock down, WAYACHAMP organised several musical collaborations using the music recording app, Acapella. Here is an example of one of the pieces we played.
Spring WAYACHAMP 2020 (28 September - 1 October), was a fantastic success with 84 participants and 10 tutors. Students were organised into 2 different streams with independent schedules. Overall, there were 49 sessions, 44 pieces of music played, 42 group performances and special workshops which included the premiere of 2 new students compositions, masterclasses with Suzanne Wijsman and an introduction to improvisation by Rupert Guenther. Also new this year was the addition of the Viola Scholarship (thanks to Tempest Music), which joined the other scholarship offerings, specifically the AUSTA Pre-formed group Scholarship and Regional Student scholarships. The program culminated in two Final Concerts. Check out some of the photos below!
Video showcasing just some of the 2020 performances from the Masters and Elite Concerts
With thanks to the following for their support of the 2020 event
Established in 2019, WAYACHAMP's Competition, WAYACOMP, was held on 24 October with 7 ensembles competing. All ensembles performed one movement and their performances were adjudicated by Jessica Gethin who awarded three prizes. The winners were:
AUSTA FIRST PRIZE: Millenium Trio
SECOND PLACE: Finesse Strings
THIRD PLACE: Four Strings
Congratulations to all!
With thanks to the following for their support of the 2020 WAYACOMP
2020 saw the establishment of the Term Program, which offers weekly chamber music lessons to set groups with a tutor. After a brief hiatus during the lockdown period in Term 2, we were thrilled to see the Program re-invigorated after the success of Spring WAYACHAMP.