Past Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust Scholarships
2022: Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust Scholarships
CVMFT Trustees are pleased to have been able to develop and expand the activities of the Trust (in spite of the challenges of this year). It has been able to support a variety of artistic projects with an equal emphasis on emerging and established talent, primarily in the Franklin District, but also beyond to the wider Auckland area. Several study scholarships and hardship grants have been awarded, and the concerts have been well received. The Board* is determined to continue to provide local and national New Zealand artists with the opportunity to perform and to share their talents with local audiences.
The Board is excited to announce that the CVMFT Music Study Scholarships’ Festival Competition will take place on Saturday 5 November 2022 at Clevedon Presbyterian. These awards will focus on local talent that is need of assistance to reach “the next level”. There will be three sections, Piano, Voice, Instrumental, with three age groups in each: Junior 12yrs and under; Intermediate 13 – 17 yrs; Senior 18 and over.
Internationally acclaimed collaborative pianist, vocal coach, répétiteur, concert curator, music director and piano teacher, Lindy Tennent-Brown will adjudicate all sections. While all Auckland-based residents may apply, preference will be given to residents of South and East Auckland, and students of teachers in these areas. CVMFT is very grateful to the generous sponsorship of Lindsay & Fred Hellaby and Margaret Williams. For all inquiries and entry forms, please refer to the Rules and Information and submit an application here.
Special Applications for an Assistance Grant from the CVMFT can be made using the form below.
In addition to the scholarship mentioned above, there are other awards, by generous local residents. Further details will appear here in due course.
Some donors wish to remain anonymous.
2022: Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust Scholarships Winners
CVMFT Trustees are pleased to announce the following winners of the above Scholarships.
Here are the proud winners and Trustees in the photos below:
Faamanu, Melissa, Charlotte, Angela
2019: NZ National Singing School Sacred Solo Award
The CVMFT has funded the NZ National Singing School Sacred Solo Award.
In 2019 this was awarded to Libby Montgomery.
Here she is with CVMFT Trustee, Kay Shacklock.
About the CVMFT NZ National Singing School Sacred Solo Award.
At the Gala concert of the 2019 NZ Singing School in Napier, the inaugural CVMFT award for Sacred Solo was given. With the support of the Directors (Judy Bellingham, Rachel Fuller and Catrin Johnson), I chose Libby Montgomery. She was surprised and honoured.
As per discussions, the award focuses on the performance of an oratorio/sacred song at the Sunday service in Napier Cathedral (6th January), the 3rd day of the 11-day school. Classical stream singing students are asked to audition for this opportunity on the first day of the school. This year, 7 students were chosen. All were very fine singers, with much to commend them. The field performed well but I felt that Libby had a slight edge, presenting a song called “Charity” by Stephen Glover. It was heartfelt and she sang to everyone with poise and warmth, an uncluttered and honest performance. Although not the most advanced singer of the 7, everyone agreed that Libby’s performance made the most direct impact on the audience and the panel.
Trusteee Kay Shacklock
Libby Montgomery was born in Wellington but now lives in Auckland. Libby sang eagerly as a child, and this lead her to join her first school choir at the age of 8.
Singing lessons commenced at 10, and soon became a favoured activity. Choral singing became one of her greatest passions, soon followed by an awakening of her solo voice after becoming a student of Dr Morag Atchison at 15.
Not long after, Libby made the decision to pursue solo performance and began to study to fulfil her desire to pursue a career in music.
She is currently a member of Auckland Youth Choir and Auckland Chamber Choir, and has thoroughly enjoyed many wonderful performance opportunities and experiences with these groups. Now in her second year of a Bachelor of Music: Classical performance at the University of Auckland.
She is delighted to receive the Clevedon Valley Music Foundation Trust award for Sacred Solo at the 2019 New Zealand National Singing School.
Mia began cello lessons with Sarah McDowall in 2014, with her younger sister Mele starting the violin a short while after.
Both girls quickly flew through the lower exam grades with excellent results, and are now working towards Grade 7 and 5 respectively.
Mia (14) has performed at an ABRSM High Scorer’s Concert, passed her Grade 5 Theory, her Trinity Intermediate Performer’s Certificate and is now a senior member of the Majors ’n’ Minors Orchestra.
Mele is just 11 years old, and confidently leads the orchestra. She passed Grade 4 Violin with a High Distinction in 2018.
The girls enjoy playing in public and contribute hugely to their church community with their music.