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February 12, 2014

Organ scholarships awarded

Organ Scholarships become a reality


Organ scholarship recipients David Finlay and Claire West (2nd and 3rd left) photographed with their tutor David Brookes (4th left), RSCMNZ Auckland Branch Secretary, alongside the Johannus Op 37 digital organ at Holy Cross Church, Albany, Auckland (Sat 8 Feb 2014). Stephen Hamilton (left) is Chairman of the Eric Winstone Memorial Organ Trust Scholarship and Mrs Anne Connolly-Munt (right) represents the ACM Organ Scholarship Fund. (See story.)

On Saturday 8th February, two organ scholarships commenced at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Albany Auckland.

Present on this occasion was Mr Stephen Hamilton, Chairman of the Eric Winstone Memorial Organ Trust Scholarship; and Mrs Anne Connolly-Munt, representing the ACM Organ Scholarship Fund.

After 2 yrs of fund-raising through monthly concerts, the Anne Connolly-Munt Organ Scholarship started with 22yr old student Torbay resident David Finlay being the first recipient. David has just completed a Thesis for his degree in Science at Auckland University, and has A.T.C.L Piano. He plays the organ at East Coast Bays Methodist Church on the North Shore, and wishes to extend his knowledge and skills of the organ, as well as extending his repertoire. He will also receive tuition in the skills of organ accompaniment with choirs and soloists, and will work with the choir of Holy Cross Church to gain this experience.

Clair West is a 17yr old Student at Long Bay College, North Shore, Auckland, and has studied the Piano. Last year she gained Grade 6 Piano with distinction. She has been awarded an Organ Scholarship by the Eric Winstone Memorial Organ Trust. She looks forward to gaining new skills to play the organ, and to widen her knowledge of music to the repertoire of the organ.

David Brookes will Tutor both of these students on the Johannus Op 37 digital organ at Holy Cross Church, Albany, Auckland.