Young musicians recognised

Ten youngsters from various schools competed for the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year Award at the Harquail Theatre recently.

Contestants were asked to perform two musical pieces for the judges and spectators.

They were assessed on their delivery, style and command of their chosen musical discipline.

Judges on hand included accomplished musicians and composers, Glen Inanga and John Mclaughlin Williams, who gave a stunning rendition of two classical scores before the night’s first contestant took the stage.

Those participating in the contest included Maxim Kazakov – drums; Jamesette Anglin – voice; Beneil Miller – piano; Melanie Ebanks – saxophone; and Francella Martin – flute.

Performing on the steel pan was Aziza La Pierre, while Dannia Clarke wowed the audience with her vocal abilities.

Appolina Bent and Kenroy Millwood also delivered vocal pieces and Zoey Robinson and Chantal Martin played the saxophone.

This year’s winner of the Young Musician of the Year Award was daughter of steel pan impresario Earl La Pierre; Aziza La Pierre, who stole the show on her pans.

The event was also attended by several dignitaries, including Minister for Education Rolston Anglin, who remarked, ‘The exceptional musical talent consistently displayed by our children led to the introduction of the Butterfield Young Musician of the year competition.’