YET ANOTHER CAMERATA
- Talented Gunnedah, NSW based performer
Katrina Burgoyne had planned to re-apply to Tamworth Camerata 2003, having
graduated from the 2002 course. BUT now thanks to the Tamworth Songwriters
Association (TSA), it’s not necessary. The TSA has come forward as the
newest organization to support Australia’s first ever Country Music school
for young performers aged 17 years and younger. Congratulations Katrina!
- The inaugural Tamworth Camerata was staged in
Tamworth last July, and the TSA’s president Bev Daniel and vice-president
Ron Daniel were invited to represent LBS Music (a sponsor) at the Sponsors
Finale concert at Southgate Inn.
- "We came away from that concert
absolutely amazed at the wealth of young talent out there" Mrs Daniel
said. "Ron and I agreed the TSA should become involved with Camerata,
particularly as it has a very strong songwriting component, which is after all
what TSA is all about. There would be no industry without the songwriters, as
our motto "first the song" so aptly states. And there would
be no industry without people and organisations encouraging our young writers
and singers to further their studies…through courses such as Tamworth
Tamworth Camerata runs for Saturday 5th
July till the 10th, and will utilise the excellent facilities of the Douglas
family hotel venues – The Pub, Southgate Inn and The Family Hotel.
More details available from the
TAMWORTH CAMERATA 2002 GRADUATE WINS PRESTIGIOUS
- Tamworth Camerata 2002 graduate Sara
Downs, from Mt Gambier, South Australia has won the 2003 RUDY BRANDSMA AWARD, a
perpetual songwriting award presented yearly since 1997 by the Australian
In the Ausmusic/Youth category Sara's
original songs - "Life Mundane", "Oblivion" and "Why
collectively earn't her the Rudy Brandsma Award, an over-all award for excellence
in songwriting, and is awarded to a member who demonstrates outstanding
All entries submitted by Australian
Songwriters Association members are eligible for this award, and as there were
over 2000 entries this year, Saras win is quite remarkable, as she is just 16
The very welcome prize is $500 cash,
a trophy and a Maton M225 Acoustic Guitar, sponsored by Maton guitars. Sara will
undoubtedly put this prize to very good use.
More Information about the ASA
national songwriters contest, along with past and present winners can be found
As a result of this fantastic win,
Sara has now been invited to perform at the Australian Songwriters Association's
Awards Night to be held at the Gaelic Club in Sydney on May 4.
Sara is a gifted natural songwriter,
but her attendance at Tamworth Camerata 2002 would surely have helped her
songwriting skills, as Camerata has a very strong songwriting focus. This is the
yearly youth Country Music school held in Tamworth in July for young
performers/writers 17 years and under.
For more details on Tamworth Camerata
check out the website: www.thepub.com.au/camerata
Tamworth Camerata is justly proud of
Sara Downs achievements, and they are added to the huge list of graduates
progress since July 2002. Congratulations!!
- Camerata success from New Zealand graduate 2002
- Camerata Graduate from New Zealand Cameron
Clayton won the Nelson Country Music Awards in 2002, which included $1200
cash and 25 hours recording time at a Wakefield recording studio (45 minutes
south of Nelson, South Island).
- The studio owner, a perfectionist, has to his
credit recorded a number of tracks for Lord of the Rings movie and recorded
a number of the Bee Gees CD’s in the U.K. before he emigrated to New
Cameron has just completed an 8 track CD, the recording component of his
prize. It should be available in about 6 weeks.
- Never idle, Cameron entered a couple of sections
at the Sun City Country Music awards while in the South Island, and won the
Western section & Duo (with Krista Thomson).
- He’s off to Norfolk Island in May as one of the
Guests in the 10th Anniversary of the winners of the TransTasman Country
Music awards, where he’ll appear on the bill with Australian performers
Darren Cogan and Brendan Walmsley, also past winners.
- Cameron will commence his Bachelor of Performing
Arts degree from February 2004.
- Cameron is a credit to Camerata’s high
standards, and is living proof of the benefits of attendance at Camerata.
- Watch for this young man in the future –
- MORE GOOD NEWS!
- JUNIOR winner of the 22 year old Kmart Jazzer
Smith Memorial Talent Quest, 14 year old Penelope Somerville from Bendigo,
has been given the opportunity to return for the second annual Tamworth
Camerata, Australia's first ever country music school for performers 17
years and younger.
Donna Marks, the new owner of
Tamworths Axiom Entertainment Agency, was keen to continue Axiom's sponsorship
of a Camerata student, which the agency's previous owners took up last year for
the inaugural event.
"I know just how well some industry people in other areas get behind their
young talent, and it seems we in New South Wales need to keep lifting our game
in that area," Donna said.
"Taking an active role supporting young talent like you see at Camerata is
a great way we can put something back into the entertainment industry."
KMarts Talent quest coordinator Greg
Williams, is also the Tamworth Camerata coordinator and uses every opportunity
he can to help promote our up and coming stars.
"I see these kids on stage and know the potential is there," Greg
"All they need is a little polish, some good direction and as you can judge
by the results of last year's Camerata, our graduates are all winners.
"Camerata students have taken out the top placings in every major talent
quest in Australia, and that's a great indication of how well the concept
The best part for Donna and the Axiom
crew is, like all Camerata sponsors, they will get to establish a connection
with the student they're sponsoring into the school. A very satisfying result of
Axioms support is that last years Axiom/Camerata scholarship recipient Aleyce
Simmonds went on to win the Open section of the Kmart Jazzer Smith Memorial
Talent Quest 2003.
"It's a unique concept and one
that has worked tremendously well," Greg said.
"Some firm friendships were forged at last year's Camerata between students
and their sponsors, and they keep in touch regularly by letter, phone and
"It will be very exciting when these young stars start winning awards like
the much prized Golden Guitars. Imagine the pride of their sponsors knowing it
was them who gave that youngster their first big break in the business."
In fact, that has already started to
happen, as Camerata graduate Michael Muchow was part of Michael Fix’s 2003
Golden Guitar win, and he walked onto that big stage proudly in January.
Other notable recent successes have
been in Western Australia. At the Boyup brook/GWN W.A. Country Music awards
Camerata 2002 graduates Lauren Brede won the title of Best Junior Songwriter,
and Ashlee Mitchell won Best Country Junior, gaining entry into 2003 CMAA
Country Music College next January in Tamworth.
Tamworth Camerata 2003 will run from Saturday, July 5 to Thursday, July 10.
Applications for students close at the end of March. More details on Tamworth
Camerata can be obtained at the website, www.thepub.com.au/camerata
Camerata 2003 applications closing soon
Camerata is Australia’s first ever Country Music school for young performers
17 years and younger.
- This is a six day live in course for students and parent/guardian, drawing
the best and keenest young Australasian performers.
- Camerata 2002 graduates have blitzed the talent quest scene Australia wide
in 2002 and 2003.
- Applications are closing very soon – March 31, 2003.
- The Tamworth Camerata 2003 runs from Saturday, July 5 through to Thursday,
- If you or someone you know would be interested in further details.
- Phone Joan Douglas (02) 6765 7999 or Greg Williams 0408 255 908.
Camerata 2003 entries closing soon
THERE was never much doubt that
Tamworth Camerata, Australia’s first ever country music school for juniors 17
and younger, would be a success. However Organisers Joan Douglas and Greg
Williams were more than delighted as news began filtering through of major
talent quest victories and career boosts for many of the inaugural Camerata
class of 2002.
Sponsors’ and organisers’ faith
in the venture was proven soundly with the Camerata blitz of the CCMA Junior
Winter talent Quest following straight after Camerata finished, where the BIG
winner was Aleyce Simmonds, and Camerata students filled many of the placing of
Toyoya Gympie National Country Music
Muster’s Year of the Outback Star Search in August 2002, where Brooke Schubert
won the Open section major prize. Picker/singer Daniel Conway won the Junior
section, with 2nd and 3rd going to Christie Davis and
Victoria Baillie. Corinne Whitman won the Country Rock section and Scarlett Ryan
won the Juvenile section.
This wonderful success was followed
by the Top of the State Talent Quest at Mildura, where Victoria Baillie won the
Victorian Champion of Champions competition, and Shanna Zibell won the Junior
section, and Penelope Somerville won the Juvenile section.
Queensland’s Champion of Champions
was won by Aaron Bolton, winning a Toyota Star Maker berth, and a CMAA College
position, and Christie Davis won the Junior section.
There were other success stories, and
more will obviously happen, such as the acceptance into CMAA College of Camerata
graduates Aaron Bolton, Michael Muchow (who is attending the Queensland
Conservatorium of Music this year), Brooke Schubert and Andrew Sellars.
Tamworth’s Bailey family –
Charlene, Crystal and Kurt and together with Lindsay Dallas were selected for
inclusion in the prestigious NSW Talent Development Project – a program that
has helped shape the careers of artists such as Brooke McClymont, Felicity,
Darren Coggan and many more. The fifth member of The Baileys Band, Daniel
Conway, has also been admitted to the TDP, and all five are enjoying the huge
learning curve the program affords young performers.
Entry into Tamworth Camerata 2003, is
closing shortly – March 31, 2003, and there are quite a few refinements to the
course, one of which is an extension by one day, to a 6 day live in course
for student and parent/guardian.
- The Tamworth Camerata 2003 runs from Saturday,
July 5 through to Thursday, July 10.
- There you will learn about the course content,
its first class facilities, tutors, guest speakers and more.
- If you’d like further details about Tamworth
Camerata 2003, phone (02) 6765 7999 or 0408 255 908.
- YOUNG COUNTRY STARS 2003
- This Concert will be excellent!
- It’s presented by Tamworth Camerata’s Coordinator -
Greg Williams, for the fourth consecutive year.
- It’s at THE PUB
- This year it’s at a new time- Saturday
25th January, at NOON.
- The 2003 Young Country Stars are:-
- Penelope Somerville – Camerata 2002 graduate,
Victorian, fiddle player/singer
- Ben Hazell - Camerata 2002 graduate, Tamworth
- Scarlett Ryan - Camerata 2002 graduate, young
exciting Queensland performer
- Daniel Conway - Camerata 2002 graduate, Hot
picker/singer, ex Queensland, now Tamworth
- Aleyce Simmonds - Camerata 2002 graduate,
Tamworths big winner talent quests
- Aaron Bolton - Camerata 2002 graduate, NSW
- Cameron Clayton - Camerata 2002 graduate,
exciting award-winning NZ singer
- Shanna Zibell - Camerata 2002 graduate,
Award-winning Victorian singer
- Michael Muchow - Camerata 2002 graduate,
Queensland Award Winning Singer/Guitarist
- Hailey Burgess – Award winning singer from
- Brooke Schubert - Camerata 2002 graduate,
Gympie Muster Grand prize winner 2002
- All Young Country Stars backed by a great band:
- Les Scott (Guitar)
- Terry Phillpot (Drums)
- Mark Moulynox (Pedal Steel, Dobro and Banjo)
- Greg Franks (Bass)
- YOU’LL KICK YOURSELF IF YOU MISS THIS SHOW!
- Camerata applications coming in
TAMWORTH Camerata is one of those rare schools where
its students count the days until class begins and don’t want the learning day
Since the concept of this junior Country Music school
was launched in Tamworth in 2001 at The Pub, and the 2002 school succeeded so
brilliantly, applications are now being accepted from young performers
throughout Australia and New Zealand.
From those applications, and via a series of
scholarships, 21 students will be chosen to make up the second Tamworth Camerata,
class of 2003, which begins on Saturday, July 5.
The first of its kind staged in the Australian Country
Music Capital, the Camerata is also a national first. Its aim is to foster
excellence from an early age, ensuring the Country Music industry of tomorrow is
one that’s well serviced by talented individuals.
"For far too long, talented young performers have
progressed through Country Music talent quests only to lose direction and
inspiration between the ages of 13 and 17," said Camerata co-founder Greg
"Having recognised this fact, we offer at Tamworth
Camerata an environment that carefully and correctly nurtures these talented
young people, who will lead the Country Music industry of tomorrow. We also
welcome parental involvement, and tailor sections of the course especially for
Over six days students, and parents, will be taught
applicable aspects of live performance and presentation skills from industry
professionals, culminating in a graduation concert on the final night in the
Scully Room of Southgate Inn.
Tutors and special guests in 2002 included Beccy Cole,
Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett, Lyn Bowtell, Nash Chambers, Tamara Stewart, Clare
O’Meara, Stuart French, Michel Rose, Doug Gallacher, Ian Lees, Mark Moulynox
and Kedron Taylor, many of whom have major roles in January’s CMAA Australian
College of Country Music, staged for students 17 years and over.
For further information, contact Joan Douglas on 0417
233 713 or Greg Williams on 0408 255 908. WEBSITE: www.thepub.com.au/camerata
- MUSIC SCHOOL A SUCCESS
Newcastle country music entertainer Josh Canning has just returned from the
inaugural TAMWORTH CAMERATA. Josh was selected from applicants from all
around Australia and New Zealand and was the only Newcastle / Hunter Valley
artist to be invited to join with 30 others.
Tamworth Camerata is a formal annual Country Music school for young performers
aged 17 or younger, Australasia wide, wishing to pursue a career in the
Country Music Industry. The school involved 5 days of extensive workshops with
key personnel from the Australian Country Music Industry, allowing students
the opportunity to interact with peers and to establish valuable networking
contacts for the future. Among those involved were Lyn Bowtell, Beccy Cole,
Stuart French, Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett, Kedron Taylor, Mark Moulynox, Anna
Rose, Joan Douglas, Greg Williams, Clare O’Meara and The Feral Swing Cats.
17 year old Josh says it was a hectic time with various classes every morning,
afternoon and night for 5 days solid, culminating in 2 high quality well
attended concerts. Josh was chosen to compere his groups’ performance and
says he has benefited enormously from the overall experience.
Most performers stayed on for the CCMA talent quest and when Josh
secured a gig at Tamworth’s City Tavern on the Saturday night, his band and
constant stream of Camerata students letting their hair down had the place
jumping until the early hours.
- Josh's band was lead Andrew Sellars (South
Australia) drums Kurt Bailey (Tamworth) bass Ben Conicella (Ncle) and Josh. He
was helped out by young Daniel Conway (Queensland) also on lead, so a good
- It really did rock. Most of the Camerata students were still in town and word
got around about his gig. Those that were not at the CCMA talent quest were
"lined up to sing" making his singer/compare job fairly easy. I
think he sang about 10 at the start, a few in the middle and 6 or so at
the end. The rest was taken up by the cream of Aus and NZ teenage
CM performers. Later in the night as the talent quest awards
finished most of the rest came down with their parents and added to the locals
to have the FRONT bar of the City Tavern packed with more than 100 people.
Josh and co played good rocky stuff and even had people dancing on the carpet.
It was after midnight when bar staff called a halt - they would have kept
going if they were allowed.
A reunion charity concert is planned for all of this years’ students on
January 20th 2003 during the Tamworth festival.
Almost all involved have indicated their willingness to be involved.
Josh is soon to record his first C D with well respected Country Music
identities Bill Chambers and Audrey Auld. He performs regularly around
Newcastle and can be seen any Wednesday night at the highly successful
Horseshoe Bend Roundup at the Maitland Ex-Services Bowling club.
For further information please visit THE PUB website:- www.thepub.com.au
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