THE COAST RECITAL SOCIETY AWARDS - The Coast Reporter May 26, 2004

Seven young Sunshine Coast musicians will continue their musical education with the financial encouragement of the Coast Recital Society's 2004 awards and scholarships, announced this week in Sechelt.

"We're delighted to augment our presentation of classical music concerts on the Coast by supporting the development of musical talent," said Frances Wainwright, artistic director of the Coast Recital Society. "This year's award and scholarship winners show great promise and diligence. They need and deserve every encouragement to pursue their goals,"she added.

Wainwright congratulates all recipients, including Rose-Ellen Nichols of Pender Harbour, winner of the 2004 Coast Recital Society Allan Crane Award in the amount of $800. "The Society gives this award only when an applicant demonstrates unusual merit," says Wainwright," and we hope it will help Rose-Ellen continue her opera studies at UBC," Previous winners were pianist Mark Andrews (2001) and violinist Danny Hart (2003).

Four $400 scholarships were awarded to Neal Andrews of Gibsons, Peter Jones of Sechelt, Erin MacDonald of Gibsons and Mark Andrews of Sechelt. For the first time this year, the Coast Recital Society has decided to extend its scholarship program to two very young musicans: eight-year-old Esme McLaughlin Brooks of Grantham's Landing and 10 year-old Amy Avdeef of Sechelt were each awarded $75 bursaries.

The Coast Recital Society Scholarships and the Allan Crane Award are available to Sunshine Coast students who wish to further their musical education. The CRS Scholarships Fund is derived from the resale of returned concert tickets and CD sale commissions.