Award lauds musical talent

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 05:00 20/11/2012
Midland Masonic Charitable Trust chairman Eion Dryden presented five young musicians, Itsuki Nishida, left, Lisa-Sophie Kuepper, Abigail Kempf, Jessica Hutton and Joshua Blaikie, with $500 scholarships on Saturday night.
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RECOGNISING TALENT: Midland Masonic Charitable Trust chairman Eion Dryden presented five young musicians, Itsuki Nishida, left, Lisa-Sophie Kuepper, Abigail Kempf, Jessica Hutton and Joshua Blaikie, with $500 scholarships on Saturday night.

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Five talented young South Canterbury musicians have received $500 towards their pursuits from the Midland Masonic Charitable Trust.

Pianist and composer Jessica Hutton of Timaru Girls' High School, violinist Lisa-Sophie Kuepper of Roncalli College, vocalist Abigail Kempf of Craighead Diocesan School, xylophonist Itsuki Nishida of Mountainview High School and drummer Joshua Blaikie of Timaru Boys' High School were presented with the scholarships at a concert on Saturday night. The scholarships are new and were established by Freemasons of the Midland District specifically to assist young and talented musicians to further their studies.

Midland Masonic Charitable Trust chairman Eion Dryden made the presentations, paying tribute to the talent and hard work that the students had put into their music.

All five students plan to continue their studies at tertiary level and hope to make a career out of performing or teaching.

The concert combined with funds raised by the Midland Masonic Male Choir raised over $2000 for the South Canterbury Hospice.

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