Musicians in running for $10,000

HANNAH FLEMING
Last updated 05:00 13/11/2012

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The finalists for this year's Muriel May Instrumental Contest have been announced and will vie for the $10,000 scholarship prize next month.

Noted as one of the country's most prestigious musical contests, the Taranaki competition is now in its 15th year. The scholarship was started by Sylvia May in memory of her mother Muriel, who wanted to financially help talented Taranaki musicians to reach their goals of becoming professional performers.

This year's contestants are Simon Mace (pipe organ), Dylan Solomon (classical guitar), Breanna Morgan (piano), Alex Geary (violin), and Jake Church (classical guitar).

Each contestant will perform a 15 minute programme at New Plymouth's Theatre Royal on December 17 in front of adjudicator Richard Mapp, of Wellington.

Former winners of the scholarship include Taranaki musicians Fraser Bremner and Leigh Kere opa, Hitmen Percussion's James Fuller, who won it in 2008, and Jacob Randall who claimed the prize last year and will also perform a set at this year's contest.

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