A wealth of talent has seen four talented musicians share a top award.
The prestigious QEII Music Fund Award, set up in 1963 after a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, recognises top talent in Marlborough.
Singer and cellist Libby McDonald, pianist and singer Iona Pānoho, violinist Samuel Lee and trumpeter Jonty Zydenbos are this year’s recipients.
Marlborough Mayor John Leggett says it was the first time so many worthy recipients had come forward in one year.
It revealed the depth of musical talent within Marlborough, he says.
“It’s also worth noting how willingly these top performers share their talents with the community.
“They’re all hardworking musicians who are great role models for younger kids and I expect we will see them all achieve higher qualifications as they further their musical careers.”
Set up with contributions from local bodies throughout the region at that time, today the Kaikōura and Marlborough District Councils administer the Award.
The grant assists recipients to continue their musical training.
Former Marlborough Girls’ College pupil Libby has Grade 6 Singing, with distinction, under her belt and has won a performance entrance scholarship to Otago University this year.
Fellow singer Iona has achieved Grade 8 Singing with distinction and teaches musical therapy to local school aged children. She intends to study a diploma in Singing.
Samuel has achieved Grade 8 Violin with distinction. He also plays the saxophone and intends to study classical performance at the University of Otago.
Jonty has achieved Grade 8 Trumpet with distinction. He also plays classical guitar and after completing year 13 at Marlborough Boys’ College, Jonty intends to embark on a music degree at university.