Three compete for prestigious Walden award

The experience, talent and warmth of David Walden was much appreciated by the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers' Association during the few years he was here.

It is in the honour of his memory that the CVMTA presents the fourth-annual David Walden Memorial Scholarship competition Friday.

Young people pursuing post-secondary studies in music may apply for this $650 bursary. The winner will be picked by a judging panel consisting of three CVMTA members who are unconnected to any of the competitors, and Greg Finnegan, who was Walden’s partner. Finnegan will also present the cheque to the winner.

This year, Zander Felton (classical voice), Madison Gray (piano) and Lahna Lampson (harp) will compete for the award.

While the judges deliberate, a number of piano students will entertain the audience with a selection of performances from this year's Pianofest.

Past winners  include Ben Hillier (piano, 2013), Talietha Sangha (musical theatre, 2012) and Myles Anderson (piano, 2011).

Walden was a retired professor emeritus from Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.

"His many talents included composing, acting, writing, playing piano and accompanying," an event media release reads. "The CVMTA seek to honour David's memory and to encourage the study of music — a pursuit that was a lifelong journey for David E. Walden."

The competition is open to the public by donation. It happens May 30, at 7 p.m. at Sylvan United Church, 985 Shawnigan – Mill Bay Road in Mill Bay.

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