Sat | Jan 16, 2021

Mystery of the missing trophy

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:05 AM


In 1979, at the annual Festival of the Performing Arts Competition, I won the national award for best soloist. I entered as a classical singer and won with the English song Captain Stratton’s Fancy (a song about the delight of rum over wine). At the awards function I was presented with the trophy, held it for a few seconds, then was told that they need to have it engraved and returned to me.

I have heard nothing about the trophy since, despite several calls and the odd email to the Festival office over the years. If my old brain is recalling well, there was even an advertised music scholarship associated with the award. I never heard breeze blow my way about that.

‘Tis mystery all neither immense nor free! A damnable disgrace if you ask me.’