National Double Bass Workshop 2005

Bass Works Australia in association with The Australian Youth Orchestra
presented the Third National Double Bass Workshop
April 16 -20, 2005
Marryatville High School, Adelaide, South Australia

Directed by Peter McLachlan

In April 2005, 55 bass players from around Australia with ages varying from 9 to 35 (with the majority being secondary school and tertiary students) gathered in Adelaide for lessons, concerts, master classes and inspiration at the 3rd bi-annual Double Bass Workshop.
Francois Rabbath amazed Adelaide audiences with 3 performances of the Carmen Suite with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. The remaining faculty, Kees Boersma (Sydney), Peter McLachlan (Adelaide), Ken Poggioli (Brisbane), Steve Reeves (Melbourne), Joan Wright (Perth), George Vance (Washington D.C.) and Nicholas Walker (New York) all shared concerts on the remaining nights of the event to enthusiastic audiences. For more information on the faculty please click here.
For the first time, Benedict Puglisi (Luthier) joined the faculty to present five, 2 hour sessions on building and setting up a double bass.

Workshop 2005 Bassworks

The success of the workshop is best described by the participants:

“I thought it was awesome and the best experience with bass I’ve had. Since I’ve been back I have been really inspired to play like the virtuosos who were there.””Just a quick note to say thank you all for the tremendous autumn bass workshop. I derived a great deal of motivation and information from this workshop again. I only need another 100 years to put it into practise. Oh well here’s trying!””It is a little brain numbing to recall all the intentional and unintentional learning, but what a way to numb the brain! I am sure that the wooden memory chests of all who participated will resonate for many years with the palette of exceptional sound, philosophy and joy provided throughout the workshop”.

“I’m just writing to thank you for a most wonderful and enlightening time I had at the National Bass Workshop last week. To be exposed to the most amazing talent from both young and, shall we say more experienced players has given me fantastic new perspectives to follow over the next few years. It was great to see so many people whose only wish is to see others do better and learn new things is a great change to what I have seen until now, and I must say I am already looking forward to the next workshop.”