Take part in a double celebration

This weekend’s Voices for Hospice concert will see worldwide participation in a night full of song and entertainment in order to raise funds for a common cause.

More than 70 countries will take part in this biannual event, which this year is being held at The Crescent in Camana Bay, as this location is celebrating its grand opening in conjunction with the concert.

Planning the double celebration was no small feat, but with a number of organisations behind the event, many hands have made light work.

Entertainment on the night will be provided by the Cayman National Orchestra and Cayman National Choir under the musical direction of Sue Horrocks, who had led the groups in performing for the Voices for Hospices concert in 2003, held at the Lions Centre.

‘I put together the programme for that event and had other groups performing too,’ Ms Horrocks said. ‘For this [year] I talked with Dr. Ginny Hobday, the clinical director for Hospice, and offered to organise an event for them with the choir and orchestra.’

From these discussions emerged 2009’s Voices for Hospices, which soon found a new home.

‘I went to Camana Bay and proposed that they work with us to put on the event there,’ Ms Horrocks said. ‘They generously and enthusiastically agreed and it has developed from there so that Cayman National Choir, Cayman National Orchestra, HospiceCare and Camana Bay are all working on the event together.’

Ms Horrocks has compiled a programme of light music which is bound to be a crowd pleaser.

‘[There will be] some classical pieces but also the choir and orchestra performing popular numbers such as Whiter Shade of Pale,’ she said. ‘The worldwide event theme is Discovering Your Voice, so it is vocal music with some opportunities for audience sing-along.’

Despite being set for a night of fun and enjoyment, the purpose of the concert is to raise money for a very worthy cause.

‘The funds raised will go towards ensuring the free specialised nursing services of Cayman HospiceCare continue to be available to any person in the Cayman Islands,’ said Jennifer Grant-McCarthy, office manager for Cayman HospiceCare.

‘There will be regular seating as well as grassy areas for families who want to spread out a blanket,’ she said, before revealing a small secret about a special moment of the night. ‘Weather permitting, we will have something special planned for our moment of silence in memory of loved ones lost.’

Tickets are $10 and are available at Books & Books (call 640-2665) or Cayman HospiceCare (call 945-7447). The event begins at 6.30pm on Saturday, 10 October.


‘A special place’

Camana Bay will debut its newest venue on the same night, which they hope will play home to a number of other events in the future.

‘A perfect site for many of Camana Bay’s signature events, The Crescent will combine a pedestrian-friendly harbour front with cooling breezes from the water, lawns to sit on and ample space for letting your children safely run and play in,’ said Kathy Jackson of AtWater Consulting Ltd, a public relations agency.

‘The Crescent is really a very special place,’ agreed Nikki Callender, senior manager of events for Camana Bay. ‘As final work on the landscaping the fountain and the grounds in general neared completion we knew that there would have to be a ‘first’ event to take place in it.’

‘While it most certainly will be enjoyed by residents of The Terraces, [The Crescent] will also be used by visitors to Camana Bay and as a site for events,’ said Ms Jackson. Indeed, a number of events for the Christmas season have already confirmed The Crescent as their venue, including Doggies Day Out on Saturday, 17 October, Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, 31 October, World Diabetes Day Celebration on Saturday, 14 November, Pirates Week Family Fun Day on Sunday, 15 November, Rotary Fishing Tournament the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 November, Camana Bay Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday, 24 November and the Cayman27 Parade of Lights on Saturday, 12 December.