I came across an article on the festival in the online Nelson paper and was taken back to the 1970s when I competed in many different piano categories under my teachers over the years: Verica Deerward, Agnes Herbison, and Helen Dahlstrom. What a great experience. From there I went on to complete my ARCT in performance, and do a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Victoria in composition and theory. These days I live on Hornby Island. I’m so pleased to see that the festival continues and I’m ever so glad to be able to make a donation.
~ Darren Bond, 09 February 2016
Hi! My name is Karen Wilcox nee( Wilson)
I was born and grew up in Nelson.
I have wonderful memories of the Kootenay Music festival in the mid-fifties.
My Nelson St. Paul’s United Church choir competed every year. A Church choir in Trail was our only competition and we took turns winning every other year. We loved the years it took place in Trail because we got to go on a bus and sing camp songs all the way there and back.
I won the Wood Valance Trophy for first place for Elocution girls under the age 11 category in 1954. Amazingly my aunt Gloria Stone had won that same trophy same for the same category in 1936. It was so neat to see both our names on the little silver plaques on that old banged-up trophy. In fact, it was so beat up that as they presented it to me on stage the big wooden base actually fell off the silver cup and rolled around on the stage. I wonder if anyone knows anymore what happened to that old trophy. I actually have the newspaper clipping showing me with the trophy. Wonderful memories now that I am 71 years old. I just wanted to share my memory and say what a valuable organization was created way back in 1930. I’m so happy to see it still continues.
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