Simon Shaw graduated with many awards and honours, including four Talent Trust scholarships, in the spring of 2007 from the Newark and Sherwood School of Violin Making and Repair, Newark, England. This institution is one of the foremost violin making schools in the world. Simon is now a professional luthier practicing in Halifax.
Marc began his violin studies at the age of six with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Kiwanis Festival of Music Rose Bowl Prize, the Hudson Community Scholarship, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholarship Award, and several NSTT Awards, including the prestigious Raymond Simpson Award, and the Lieutenant Governor's Award.
It is amazing to know that there are so many wonderful people who invest so much time and effort because they truly care about the successful development of our futures as artists. I am so thankful to have such support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust- it is incredibly encouraging and helpful on so many levels.
Cellist Denise Djokic is one of the most exciting talents of her generation and has thrilled audiences worldwide with the youthful vigour, confidence and passion of her playing.
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has supported me every step of the way, from my earliest beginnings in the study of music to my current pursuit of a master's degree in music composition at McGill. Thanks to their generous support, I have been given the means to realize my dream of making a career in music as a composer and arranger of music. For this, I am deeply grateful.
Alexis Milligan (NSTT scholarship recipient 1995/1997/1999) to perform in "937"
Neptune Studio Theatre, Halifax, NS
937- The number of Jewish refugees aboard the steam ship St. Louis in 1939. In an attempt to escape the war, the St Louis was turned away from ports in Cuba, New York and Halifax and was eventually forced to return to Germany with devastating consequences for many of the passengers. Through the use of puppetry, this heartbreaking narrative (originally created at Two Planks and a Passion) follows the story of one family caught up in the hope of finding freedom. Featuring Alexis Milligan, Michael McPhee, Jackson Fowlow and Hilary Adams. Directed by Ken Schwartz.
"I was moved to tears by Two Planks and a Passion's 937" -Kate Watson, The Coast
$8 - 30 minutes.