MUSIC SHOALHAVEN INC.
HUGH MACKEN PIANO AWARD
An annual award presented by Music Shoalhaven in honour of our friend and colleague, Hugh Macken
The HUGH MACKEN AWARD was instigated on 10th March 1996, by Music Shoalhaven (Then the Nowra Music Club) in honour of Hugh Macken, a very enthusiastic Music Director of the club who died suddenly from a severe heart attack. After his untimely death, four of Hugh's friends, pianists Rachel Valler and MiraJetvic in company with soprano, Ona Boyd-Frazier, and tenor, David Haydon, accompanied by Edna Walker, staged a special memorial concert for his many friends. The proceeds of this concert were given to Music Shoalhaven to be the basis of an Award in Hugh's name. Hugh’s passion was for the piano. The award is given by Music Shoalhaven to a young pianist residing in the Shoalhaven, who shows both potential in talent and enthusiastic dedication to his/her craft.