Scholarship to help locals’ music education
THE results of the inaugural David Vigo Music Scholarship were announced at interval during the annual Mt Beauty & District Community Band recently.
The scholarship was the brain-child of Alpine Radio’s Fay Mason, who put together several successful fundraising events which culminated in the evening’s presentation.
Kitty Vigo of Tawonga South said that she was very touched that the committee had chosen to name the scholarship after her husband David, a successful entrepreneur who died in June 2016.
“David loved music and he loved this town and he loved to encourage young musicians,” she said.
Applicants were expected to demonstrate, commitment enthusiasm and passion for their music, and also show that intangible X factor which makes a good performer.
Judges Rose Sexton, Dennis Cartwright and Scotty Graham, with advisor Braam De Villiers said that they had great difficulty deciding between the applicants, but that winner Tamehana Pahina showed innate musicality and dedication to his music career.
Tamehana, who plays keyboard, saxophone and guitar and also sings, received $2000 which will be used to further his music education.
Runner up was Dylan Cosgriff (percussion) who received $500 and the encouragement award went to Clancy Rosewarne (violin and ukulele), who received $200.
Ms Mason thanked everyone who had supported the committee’s fundraising efforts.
“I especially want to thank the random donors who just handed me money in the street,” she said.
BUDDING MUSICIANS: Kitty Vigo (right), sponsor and supporter of the David Vigo Music Scholarship is shown with all the contenders for the top awards. Winner was Tamehana Pahina (top, centre), flanked by runner-up Dylan Cosgriff (left) and winner of the encouragement award Clancy Rosewarne. In front are the remaining contenders Heath Niedswiedzki, Sienna Brewer and Henry and Nicholas Low. By TATE SPITERI