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.