The Don Cowell Memorial Trust was set up by the VRG and the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra (MMO) in 1980 in memory of Don who died in 1979. Don was a founding member of the VRG, a recorder teacher and a recorder soloist of the MMO. The funds to establish the Trust were donated by the recorder and mandolin community and other musicians to provide an annual scholarship or prize for a student of music. With a generous bequest from the Estate of Dr James Smibert, another founding member of the Guild, the Trust held its first Australia-wide solo recorder competition in 2011, with a $5,000 prize for the Open section and $1,000 prize for the Under 18. A second competition was held in 2013.
In 2015, the Trust invited Zach Eggleston, a 2013 competition finalist in the Under 18 section, to perform John Baston’s Concerto in C for Recorder with the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra in September.In 2016, the Trust held its third solo recorder competition. In addition to being Australia wide, students from New Zealand were also invited to take part. The winner of both the Open and Under 18 section was a 16 years old William Hardy. Late 2016 William was a guest solo artist for the MMO.
Tina Conroy VRG, Jill Johnson MMO Stephen Morey MMO
The current Board members are Helen Lechte and Kon Wong, VRG Committee members, Elisabeth Middleton and Stuart Mattingley, VRG Ordinary members. There is a vacancy for a representative from the MMO.
Based on feed-back from recorder teachers/performers the Trust is planning further events to encourage and promote recorder to students of music.
For further information please contact DCMT