Category Archives: Preparation

RSSC 2018 Changes to Chamber Music

There has been a change in the schedule regarding chamber music for this coming 2018 Residential Summer String Camp.

The chamber music programme will still happen as in previous years, but where recently there has been a public concert on the Friday evening, for the 2018 camp this will not happen. Instead there will be many other opportunities to perform chamber music throughout the week.

The 26th Residential Summer String Camp Begins

This year’s camp runs from the 17th of January 2016 (Sunday) to the 23rd of January 2016 (Saturday). The information that follows applies between those two dates.

Arrival (17th January 2016)

Campers must not arrive at Camp Clayton before 3:30pm as there may be other groups on the site and we have been asked to keep to our booked times.

Registration is from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in the Dining Hall Foyer. Please go there to collect your nametag and folder before proceeding to anywhere else on the site.

Announcements will be made in the Dining Hall starting at 5:30pm. Campers must not miss these even if it means a delay in moving bags to rooms.

Visits During the Camp

Parents and family are welcome to visit the camp during the week, but you need to contact us ahead of time as Camp Clayton management have strict policies about visitors. Unregistered visitors may only be on the site:

  • During registration (17th January 2016, 4:00pm to 5:30pm).
  • For the orchestra concert (23rd January 2016, 1:30pm to 4:00pm).

We are at the capacity of the Dining Hall, so cannot offer any meals that have not previously been booked.

Chamber Music Concert (22nd January 2016)

Registered concert guests have been e-mailed details for this item.

Orchestra Concert (23rd January 2016)

This concert is held in the Stadium (the largest building on the Camp Clayton site, easily visible from the car park). Audience members may enter from 1:30pm. The music begins at 2:00pm and runs until 3:30pm. All campers must leave Camp Clayton by 4:00pm.

Please do not go anywhere else on the site looking for your children. They will find you at the Stadium, and will show you where to collect their bags after the concert.

Check the lost property box before you leave.

2016 Information Sheets Reminder

With the 26th Residential Summer String Camp beginning on Sunday, 17th January 2016 it is a good time for campers and parents to take another look at the Information Sheets, found at the link below.

RSSC 2016 Information Sheets (PDF)

What to Bring

This is on page 2 of the information sheets. Please also be aware:

  • Camp Clayton management has a strict policy to protect people with nut allergies. They insist that no nuts or nut products, including nut butters, are brought onto the camp site. Please comply with this rule to respect the safety of others.
  • Even if you are using a sleeping bag, please bring a bedsheet as we are not allowed to sleep directly on the camp mattresses. If the weather is hot, children tend to sleep on the mattress under the sleeping bag so a sheet is a necessity.
  • Don’t forget to put your name clearly on your music stand.

How to Get There

This is on page 3 of the information sheets, and this map.


Make sure any parents or friends coming to either concert know the times detailed on page 6 of the information sheets.

Parents and family are welcome to visit the camp during the week, but you need to us ahead of time as Camp Clayton management have strict policies about visitors.

Meet the 2016 Tutors

Most tutors for 2016 have been confirmed. You can find them on the Tutors page.

Rosemary Evenhuis is taking a well-earned retirement from the camp after 25 years of tutoring and conducting. The new Preludio Strings conductor will be Dr. Maria Grenfell, who tutored violin and composition at the 2015 camp.

Along with many returning staff, we welcome new tutor Dr. Joanna Drimatis from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, who will tutor the Freycinet Orchestra First Violins.

The 25th Residential Summer String Camp Begins

If you have applied and are reading this before the camp, we expect to see you at Camp Clayton between 4:00pm and 5:30pm today, as described on page 4 of the Information Sheets.

If you are a parent or friend attending either concert, we will see you on Friday, 23rd January 2015 (Chamber Music Concert) or Saturday, 24th January 2015 (Orchestra Concert).  Additional details are on page 6 of the Information Sheets.