Choirs sing for EXTRA fest

The next event in this year’s Cayman Arts EXTRA Festival 2011 – following last weekend’s enthralling Juilliard Jazz Ensemble performance – involves three local choirs.

The Cayman National Choir, the University College of the Cayman Islands Choir and the Cayman Youth Choir will perform at 7.30pm Saturday, 26 March, at First Baptist Church. The performance is sponsored by Butterfield.

This is a unique opportunity for Cayman to showcase some of the most accomplished young singers on the island.

Sue Horrocks, the principal conductor of the Cayman National Choir, is conducting the performance.

“We’re all singing some African pieces together, the Youth Choir and UCCI Choir are each going to showcase a piece of their own, then I’m conducting Rutter’s Requiem with all three choirs and the National Orchestra,” Horrocks says.

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Requiem gives the choirs a chance to broaden their vocal experience.

“To be singing something in Latin… is something novel for them,” says Glen Inanga, UCCI’s conductor and the festival’s artistic director.

Daniel Twist, Cayman Youth Choir’s conductor, says he is excited about the opportunity.

“The aim of the choir is to expose the young people to as diverse a range and styles of music as is possible,” Twist says.

Variety of music

The Cayman National Choir is a community choir, so Horrocks doesn’t audition.

“Anybody who wants to come and enjoys singing can sing,” she says.

Horrocks wants to see her performers sing in a variety of musical styles and genres.

“It’s healthy for them to have a rich diet of different types of music for themselves and to expand their repertoire,” she says.

Daniel Twist also sees his group as versatile.

“Whilst in the best tradition of music education our approach is choral or classical, our repertoire can be considered to be modern,” he says.

Inanga says he is very excited about this year’s performances.

“We have a wonderful lineup. This event captures the very thing that our mission is interested in, showcasing quality as well as education for our local community as well as our young children,” he says. “It’s going to be a wonderful collaboration.”


Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $10 for children under 16, are available from, the Caymanian Compass office in Shedden Road, and the Department of Tourism in the Windward 3 building of Regatta Office Park on West Bay Road.

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