January 26, 2014

The South Burnett Junior Cultural Australia Day Award recognises an outstanding young person who has contributed to the region’s culture.

In 2014, the Award nominees were:

Brenton Cullen

Brenton Cullen ... one of the South Burnett's emerging young actors
Brenton Cullen clearly loves acting and is one of the South Burnett’s emerging actors with a very promising future.

He’s also a trailblazer for young people, aspiring to find himself a larger place on the stages of the South Burnett and further afield.

In addition to being a published author since primary school, Brenton’s many theatre performances include the Nanango Theatre Company’s “Pilots of the Purple Twilight”, “Rumors”, “Lesser Evils” and “Not Strictly Shakespeare”.

He’s also performed in the South Burnett Musical Comedy Society’s productions of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “A Knight to Remember”, as well as the Kingaroy State High School drama production “And There Was One”.

During 2013 Brenton won the USQ Scholarship to attend the Queensland Theatre Company’s “Theatre Residency Week”.

Fraser Matthew – 2014 Winner

Local musician Fraser Matthews has already tasted what could be his future life. Playing percussion since the age of eight, he has strengthened his talent through involvement in Kingaroy High School’s music programs. And he’ll be heading to the Queensland Conservatorium of Music this year to further his professional music studies.

Fraser has been a member of the Kingaroy State High School Concert Band, the Kingaroy State High School Stage Band, the South Burnett Community Orchestra, the Young Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and Young Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

He represented Kingaroy at the State Honours Ensemble Program in 2013 where he received the Musically Outstanding Students Scholarship, which took him to the USA to participate in the annual Pacific Honours Ensemble Program in Seattle.

This program was formed in 2007 and is part of the Washington-based, Western International Band Clinic and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University State Honours Ensemble Program. It gives talented Australian and American musicians an insight into their future as professional musicians.

As one of 11 young Australian ambassadors participating in the program, Fraser benefited from rehearsals and performances under the guidance of six international conductors.

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