Well, a bit of a mixed bag. He didn't have to worry about the music stand as he didn't realise I'd packed it
Yes, he'd definitely go next year but NOT residential, or perhaps residential only for one night (his direct statement, not my suggestion - he was quite clear on this issue, that he liked the music, but staying overnight just gave the people he didn't get on with more time to be nasty to him). I hope this hasn't made DS1 too nervous about next week, as DS2 is the one who gets on with everybody and DS1 is the "difficult" one...
So, in short, he didn't have a good dorm experience
but he did enjoy the playing. Which is kind of the point... He also liked the food and loved the pool and liked the tutors.
It was nice to see that, although there were a lot of more experienced musicians there, he was definitely able to hold his own at the top end of the lower group. Playing under close supervision for 4 days has definitely improved his posture and his timing and I assume his tone as well!
Also interesting to see the number of children that had corn plasters on their cellos and bows - I suppose they stay on better than stickers do!!!