Music for Orphans

Orphans in Haiti will benefit from
a successful fundraising event which was held in the grounds of Pedro St.
James, Thursday, 11 March.

St. Ignatius music teacher Louise
Price put together a comprehensive programme for the Music for Orphans event,
which highlighted the talents of many local musicians aged between 7 and 17.

The evening began with hors
d’oeuvres and wine served by Ristorante Pappagallo on the castle lawns. Cocktail
tables were decorated in black and white and the stage and marquee were
decorated by Celebrations. Visitors, comprising mainly of parents, friends and
locals, enjoyed the fare while being entertained by the versatile local youth
band Undiscovered.

The concert followed an hour later
with sound and lighting by the owner of Hopscotch Productions Gary Gregory. Mr.
Gregory decided to dedicate his time and equipment to the event, because he is “strongly
committed to supporting young musicians.” 
He and Miss Price worked together to stage the concert.

The audience heard saxophone,
clarinet and flute solos, ensembles and a swing band put together especially
for the occasion.

Young Musician of the Year 2008
Michael Testori entertained the audience with some outstanding saxophone

Several of Cayman’s Rising Stars
including Francella Martin, her sister Chantal Martin, Beniel Miller, Melanie
Ebanks and Zoey Robinson performed.

Among the many high points of the
evening was the lively rendition of It Don’t Mean a Thing by the saxophone
quartet of Melanie Ebanks, Chantal Martin, Zoey Robinson and Michael Testori; Groovy
Kind of Love by Ronan Jennings, Ryan Kyberd, Alex Pineau and Zoey Robinson and
Puttin’ on the Ritz by the clarinet quartet of Marcie Wood, Ann Alicia Moore,
Samantha Cridland and Daisy Lee.

The evening included 38
performances and was compared by VibeFM’s Deon Mattis.

The audience also enjoyed guest
appearances by co-host of Cayman Arts Festival Glenn Inanga on piano.

The evening finished with the
children singing We are the Wold by Michael Jackson.

According to event organiser Miss
Price, $6,000 was raised from the benefit concert. The monies will be sent to
God’s Littlest Angels. The not-for-profit is a Christian ministry and runs a
Haitian orphanage of the same name in the mountains above Petion-Ville.