Marlborough teens share QEII music award

04:00, May 16 2014
Fergus Murray
TOP STUDENTS: Kimberly Jones, 17, right, and Lee Stuart, 18, in a photo from 2012, both from Marlborough, have been named joint winners of the Queen Elizabeth II Music Award.

Two Marlborough musicians have been recognised for their talent by being named joint winners of the Queen Elizabeth II Music Award.

Lee Stuart, 18, and Kimberly Jones, 17, said they were excited and honoured ahead of receiving the award at a ceremony at the Marlborough District Council chambers in Blenheim today.

Lee is studying a bachelor of music in the jazz performance programme of the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.

Kimberly has been playing piano since the age of nine and is planning to start her teacher's training at the University of Canterbury next year.

Lee was a prefect at Marlborough Girls' College in 2013 and completed her secondary schooling with a string of awards in recognition of her cultural contribution to the school.

She started playing guitar and piano in primary school and started singing lessons at 14.


"I love to sing and achieved my grade seven through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music," Lee said.

She was a member of the school's Bella Voce choir and was the lead guitarist for the Marlborough Girls' College band that competed at Rockquest.

She was invited to study music at the NZ School of Music.

Kimberly is a home-schooled student in Blenheim. Her latest achievement came when she passed her grade eight piano exam through Trinity College.

"I love music and performing, it is amazing to have been chosen for this award," Kimberley said.

"I've never won anything like it before."

She has performed regularly in the district at community events, rest homes and church gatherings.

She also competed at the Marlborough Performing Arts Competition and participated at Tempo concerts.

She is proud to be a member of a chamber music group that took first place in the regional Chamber Music New Zealand in 2012 and 2013.

Later this year Kimberly will be writing her ACTL principles of teaching diploma through the Trinity College of Music.

The award would assist both students financially to continue their musical studies.

The Marlborough Express