The QEII Music Fund Award was established in 1963 following a visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Set up with contributions from local bodies throughout the region at that time, today the Kaikoura and Marlborough District Councils administer the Award. The grant assists recipients to continue their musical training.
This year a joint award will be made to:
Olivia is head girl at MGC and a soloist and soprano section leader of the senior choir, Bella Voce as well as a member of the National Secondary Schools Student Choir. Olivia has been taking singing lessons since she was aged eight and is a pupil of Marlborough teachers Eileen Guard and Con O’Brien. She is now also tutored in classical singing training by Jenny Wollerman, Head of Classical Performance (Voice) at Victoria University. Olivia has passed NZ Speech and Drama Grade 8 examination with honours and Royal Schools of Music Singing at Grade 7 with distinction. She has also passed the Royal School of Music Grade 5 in Piano. Olivia has had a long involvement with Blenheim Musical Theatre and Marlborough Youth Theatre, participating in many shows. She takes part in local fundraising events and is a regular soloist at the St Andrew’s Classics Concert and Carols in the Park. Olivia intends to go to Victoria University to study for a Bachelor of Music majoring in performance singing.
This is the second year in a row that Vicky, an accomplished pianist and violinist, has received this award. A gifted musician, she has passed her Trinity College of London Grade 8 with Distinction and has been awarded Grade 8 piano with distinction. As well as having an excellent academic record while at school, Vicky was the Cultural Prefect at Marlborough Girls’ College in 2011 and also regularly played with the College’s Senior Choir, Bella Voce. She has contributed to the wider community through her music, performing in Blenheim’s Tempo concerts and also competing each year in the Marlborough Performing Arts Competitions. This year Vicky is studying business management with a major in accounting, but also taking some music papers at Waikato University.
The award to Olivia Sheat will be made at a ceremony in the Council Chambers on Monday, 28 May 2012 at 4.00 pm. (At this stage, a convenient date has yet to be scheduled for Vicky Mack).
Although this release is embargoed, we have no difficulty about prior contact with the recipients so material can be completed ready for release.
Contact details for the two award winners: