Helfgott Scholarships open

David Helfgott.
David Helfgott. Leigh Jensen

YOUNG musicians on our creative coast are being encouraged to apply for the prestigious David and Gillian Helfgott Scholarships.

The scholarships aim to foster learning and enjoyment of music and are each valued at $3000.

They were established by Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium in 1998 as a way of acknowledging the huge contribution of David and Gillian Helfgott to the musical life of the Coffs Coast.

They provide an opportunity for young musicians to pursue advanced study of a musical instrument or singing.

Applications are now open for the two scholarships on offer.

The 2012 David Helfgott Scholarship is for young instrumentalists up to the age of 21 years, including any instrument and any style of music.

The 2012 Gillian Helfgott Scholarship is available for singers in any vocal style aged up to 25 years.

A successful applicant will be able to demonstrate talent, potential and a dedication to serious music studies.

Application forms and guidelines are available from the Conservatorium office by calling 6652 1592, or can be downloaded from the Conservatorium website - www.coffscon.org.au

Don't delay - applications, accompanied by recording for Stage 1 close noon, Saturday, June 30.

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