The sound of Christmas is being delivered by the younger generation of the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Youth Choir and island schools choirs – around 120 children – are at Camana Bay on Saturday, 15 December for a special Christmas concert, from 6.30 to 7.30pm.
The Crescent-based event is conducted by Ron Corp and led by youth choir director Nicky White, who we nabbed for a few quick questions.
How long have the kids been rehearsing for this one?
The Cayman National Youth Choir has been together for two years; and, after a short break, started working on the songs in September this year. The school choirs have been practising the repertoire since mid-term. As a whole choir, rehearsals have only been going on for a few weeks.
Can you describe the songs that will be featured?
They all have a Christmas theme and are real mix of style and mood. There are some that are quite gentle, and are like lullabies and others which are really quite lively.
How important is it that these children have a chance to work with someone like Ron Corp?
Many years ago, I was in the Kent Youth Chamber Choir and Mr. Corp came to give us a three day workshop, which I have never forgotten. He has a real gift for working with young people and our students will not only have an incredible opportunity, but also an amazing experience. To have an individual such as Mr. Corp take time to work with our children is an honour. He is truly inspirational and it will be something that they will always remember.
How can more kids get involved?
Unfortunately, the response to the Cayman National Youth Choir has not been what we envisioned. Giving a general call-out for students to attend the Saturday rehearsals has only yielded a few students. The choir has been set up to include all students in the Cayman Islands from ages 9 to 14, and provides a great opportunity for students to sing and perform on a regular basis in settings outside their schools. We would like to appeal to all parents and students who have an interest in joining the choir to contact Lisa Bowyer ([email protected]) for more information.
Sounds good to us. Anything else?
The Cayman National Youth Choir is an excellent ground for further training of students’ musical talents. We would highly encourage students who love to sing to get involved. The Cayman Arts Festival is dedicated to the further education in the performing arts for all students from all schools and backgrounds.
Kids will be wearing their special T-shirts and receiving water bottles from SteppingStones, the current Music on the Menu sponsors. Those events go to supporting the choir. Camana Bay restaurants will also be featuring specials on the night of the concert.