Michael Chalker presented band teacher Lessa Ellul and St Anthony’s Primary School student with the 2016 Agnes Chalker Cultural Award. Picture: Chris LaneThe youth group band fromSt Anthony’s Primary School is the proud recipientof the 2016 Agnes Chalker Cultural Award.
Michael Chalker presented the award during Music in the Park activities at the Thirlmere Festival of Steam last weekend.
Band and choir teacher Leesa Ellul and principal Don Obrien accepted a trophy and two Ashton guitars supplied by Chalker Music.
Mr Obrien said it was wonderful to be publicly recognised for the work the school did to promotecreative arts.
“The band and the choir play at the family youth mass once a month,” he said.
Mr Chalker said the award wasin memory of his mother Agneswho was instrumental in promoting tourism in the area.
“The award honours a talented person or group in the area,” he said.
Mr Chalkeris a former student of St Anthony’s and his love of music began in primary school while playing in the school band and choir.
It is the 40thanniversary ofChalker Music and hesaid it was fitting for this year’s award to go to St Anthony’s so it could inspire a new generation of musicians.
“My mother would be very proud,” Mr Chalkersaid.
“The two guitars should be loaned to any student who wants to play an instrument but may not be in an opportunity to purchase one.
“I hope it encourages more students to take up music this year.”
Mr Obrien praised the efforts of Ms Ellul and said it was a bigjob to organise and practice with the band and choir.
“She does a magnificent job of keep the band moving forward and she is always enthusiastic,” Mr Obrien said.
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