Young musicians set to compete for annual award

| 20/04/2016
CNS Local Life

(L-R, back row) Michael McWatt, Ruth Harris, Dequan Smith, Adrian Anglin, Marcos Bertran, Jaedyn Hanna and James Watler. (L-R, front row) Liana DaCosta, Maya Antes, Katherine Erskine and Daniela Granados

(CNS): This year’s finalists for the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year award celebrated with a luncheon last week. The award has been a feature of the programme of the National Children’s Festival of the Arts for the past nine years, and the competition will take place Saturday, 30 April at the Prospect Playhouse.

“To get to this level of competition, the students are already at a quality performance standard and they all should be very proud of themselves for having been chosen,” said Michael McWatt, deputy managing director of Butterfield Bank.

“We wanted to honour all of them with a special luncheon before the event to recognise the hard work and dedication that has brought them to this stage.”

James Watler, senior customer service manager at the Department of Education Services, said, “The Ministry and the Department of Education Services are pleased to partner with Butterfield in this very exciting event. The Young Musician of the Year competition has…encouraged young people to aspire to reach for the stars as they hone their musical talents and as they excel in becoming the best that they can be.

“The high quality of musical talents that we are now reaping from our students is remarkable. Our visionary forefathers who started the NCFA some 34 years ago can be justly proud of how far we have come over these years. The NCFA over this time helped and continues to help in many ways to shape the future development and growth of the arts in the Cayman Islands.”

The finalists for the Young Musician of the Year will perform two contrasting pieces in their chosen category of vocal, piano, strings, woodwind or brass, with the judges selecting an overall winner and runner-up.

The event will begin at 6:30pm, with the doors opening at 5:30pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $2 for children.


Category: Music, Youth

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