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The Don Cowell Memorial Trust (DCMT) 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
- Tina Conroy, VRG
- Jill Johnson, MMO
- Stephen Morey MMO
The current Board members are:
- Kon Wong, VRG Committee member
- Elisabeth Middleton, VRG Ordinary member
- Stuart Mattingley, VRG Ordinary member
There is a vacancy for a representative from the MMO and a VRG committee representative.
Based on feed-back from recorder teachers/performers the Trust is planning further events to encourage and promote recorder especially to students of music.
For further information please contact DCMT