UK soprano returns to Cayman

International singing star Lisa Carlisle, a classically trained soprano from the UK, is returning to Cayman for two concerts in April and May.

The St. George’s Day 2011 Fundraising Committee is arranging both concerts.

The first will be at The Wharf restaurant on Friday, 29 April, at 7pm, where classical pianist Inna Kazakova will accompany Carlisle together with students from the Cayman Music School.

The date coincides with the royal wedding in England, so the theme this year will include weddings, and is being referred to as St. George’s Day: A Wedding Celebration.

Apart from two English patriotic numbers, the music Carlisle has selected will be well-known love songs.

The audience can even dedicate the songs to loved ones whom Carlisle will announce before she sings.

May concert

The second concert will be at the Arts and Recreation Centre, Camana Bay on Saturday, 7 May, at 7.30pm.

Carlisle will be guest soloist at the Cayman National Choir and Orchestra‘s The Magic of Broadway & Music From the Movies. Also appearing will be The Young Singers of Cayman.

“Ms Carlisle’s performance last year for St. George’s Day at The Wharf restaurant was so incredible she received four standing ovations,” says Colin Wilson, organiser of both events. “Everybody clamoured for her to return, but her heavy schedule prevented her from returning later in the year.

“Happily, my committee have made it happen this year, and when Sue Horrocks, who accompanied her on flute last year, heard the news, she asked me if there was any way Lisa could perform with the National Choir and Orchestra,” he adds.

“With some jiggling with the dates, we have been able to pull it off and, as Lisa is going to be here for three weeks, she will be conducting workshops with the choir,” Wilson says. “We are arranging with her to visit some of the schools as well.”

Like last year, funds raised from both concerts will benefit the Positive Intervention Now programme, an after-school initiative for adolescents in central George Town supported by St. George’s Anglican Church and approved by the government of the Cayman Islands.

Through the programme, students who have academic and social challenges receive attention, instruction, guidance and positive reinforcement to help them gain the skills, knowledge and motivation they need to achieve their potential.

Last year’s concert raised nearly $20,000, and Wilson hopes that the figure will be doubled this year.

“The concert last year made people aware of the PIN programme, and after the event, donations – including computers – were received from the business community.” Mr. Wilson said.

Tickets for the St George’s Day: A Wedding Celebration are $135 and include a four-course meal, auction and other entertainment. All women will receive a rose.

Tickets for The Magic of Broadway & Music From the Movies are $30 for adults and $10 for children.

For tickets for both events, visit Allee Designer Fashion Boutique in the Galleria Plaza or call Colin Wilson at 323-0300.

Members of the Cayman National Choir & Orchestra will also have tickets for The Magic of Broadway event.For more information email Colin at [email protected]