Practice pays off for outstanding guitarist
A NAMBUCCA Heads High School student has been rewarded for countless hours of practice by winning the 2006 David Helfgott Scholarship.
Guitarist Joshua Tuck was outstanding in the finals concert at the Jetty Memorial Theatre last weekend.
The judging panel of three, which included Sydney-based harpist Marshall McGuire, was faced with a very difficult decision, and emotions ran high as the audience waited eagerly for the final decision on who would take out the prestigious $3000 bi-annual scholarship.
Joshua, a Year 12 student, was overcome with both surprise and delight as he was announced the 2006 David Helfgott Scholarship winner.
In announcing the unanimous decision Marshall McGuire commended all performers for the very high standard of musical excellence.
"Josh's was a very musical and po- etic performance from an obviously passionate and committed young musician," Mr McGuire said.
Also awarded on the night was a Highly Commended prize of $500 given to pianist Adam Herd, and two runnerup prizes, being $50 gift vouchers to Coffs Music Centre, awarded to Suzanne Sherrington (flute) and Michael Davis (piano).
The Helfgott Scholarship will next be available in 2008.