Top mu­si­cal ta­lent in va­ri­ety show


‘‘That was al­most good’’ was a leg­endary say­ing of Palmer­ston North mu­sic teacher, Robert Matthews.

Known for his metic­u­lous ap­proach to re­hearsal and per­for­mance, Robert was well­known na­tion­ally for his con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion through the train­ing of mu­sic teach­ers, and for his long-serv­ing ten­ure as or­gan­ist and choir­mas­ter at St An­drews Pres­by­te­rian Church.

The Robert Matthews Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship recog­nises the con­tri­bu­tion he made to mu­sic by pro­vid­ing an an­nual grant to as­sist with lessons for promis­ing young mu­si­cians.

The an­nual va­ri­ety con­cert pro­fil­ing the Robert Matthews Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship is this Satur­day April 2 at 7.30pm at St An­drews in the City.

Those tak­ing part in­clude recorder player Maurice Quinn, so­prano Soo Young Park, pi­anist Morva Crox­son, who was a long term friend and col­league of Robert Matthews with Roy Tanker­s­ley at the or­gan and the par­ish choir pre­sent­ing pop­u­lar an­thems and lead­ing in com­mu­nity singing. A sup­per will fol­low.

The hour long con­cert is free but pa­trons are wel­come to con­trib­ute to the schol­ar­ship fund.

Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents are en­cour­aged to take part in mu­sic dur­ing some ser­vices and con­certs at St An­drews in the City.

‘‘The panel looks for a tal­ented can­di­date who would be com­fort­able and sen­si­tive to play­ing oc­ca­sion­ally dur­ing church ser­vices,’’ church mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Roy Tanker­s­ley says.

A seed­ing fund of $10,000 has been gen­er­ously pro­vided by the Matthews fam­ily in sup­port of the schol­ar­ship and those in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for the $500 grant should phone Roy on 355 3908


St An­drews In the City Di­rec­tor of Mu­sic Roy Tanker­s­ley with a for­mer Robert Matthew Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship holder, trum­pet player Luke Park.

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