Cayman’s finest young musicians will be competing for the coveted Butterfield Young Musician of the Year title once more.
From 400 initial hopefuls 13 performers under 18 years of age have been selected for the Department of Education-organised contest, which takes place at First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, 920 Crewe Road, on Saturday 8 June from 5.30pm.
This year, euphonium, flute, violin, piano, clarinet, voice, trombone and steel pan players will be involved. In the past, finalists from the competition have subsequently been featured in the Cayman Arts Festival Rising Stars event and Glen Inanga says that the hope is that this will be the case in 2014, too.
“The standard keeps on getting higher and higher and we are now in our fifth year of the competition,” says Glen.
Each finalist has to play two pieces which together last up to eight minutes. One piece must be from the classical genre.
“The event grew from the inclusive National Children’s Festival of the Arts, which is not a competition and indeed its main goals tend towards being as inclusive as possible encouraging as many students as possible to participate,” Glen continues.
“However, for those seeking to distinguish their talents further, Fran McConvey suggested in a meeting back in 2008 that a suitable response to such a request would be to create an opportunity for selected finalists from the Children’s Festival auditions to compete for the title of the Butterfield Young Musician of the Year across all ages and instruments including voice.
“This competition celebrates excellence and rewards those that demonstrate a high level of artistry, musicianship and technical proficiency at their respective instruments.”
Glen is one of the judges, along with Grammy-winning conductor, violinist and pianist John McLaughlin Williams.
“The adjudicators are seeking performances in which risks are taken and performers take themselves out of their comfort zone and show star quality,” advises Glen.
“We really need to be honest about what counts in a performance and what young performers should be aspiring towards if they are to reach the artistic heights demanded of the ‘out there’.”
Past winners include performers on saxophone, steel pan, voice and percussion.
Testament of talent
Butterfield’s Rebecca Ebanks also has a message for the entrants.
“Being a musician is a true testament of talent, discipline and aspiration,” she says.
“As proud returning sponsors of the Young Musician of the year, Butterfield congratulates all 13 finalists of this year’s event, and wish them the very best in all their future endeavours. Music is an integral part of the Cayman Islands’ history and culture, and it is wonderful to see the continued embracement of this art form by our young musicians.”
The National Childrens’ Festival of the Arts coordinator Angela McLaughlin reiterates how important the event is.
“The Young Musician of the Year Competition is the Grand Finale of our National Children’s Festival of the Arts. We will be happy to present 13 talented young musicians, representing government and private schools throughout the Cayman Islands,” she says.
“When our international judges have completed the adjudication, Butterfield will present the following awards: Participation trophies for all participants; 1st – Winner’s trophy plus cash prize of $500.00; 2nd – Trophy plus cash prize of $300.00; 3rd – Trophy plus cash prize of $100.00.
“Please come out and be a part of this memorable event. “
Doors are at 5.30pm. Tickets are available on the door and cost $5 for adults and $2 for children. Refreshments will be on sale from Women of Hope, Women’s Fellowship Cayman Islands.
David Forbes: Cayman Music School
Keeley-Shaye Ebanks: Cayman Music School
Veronique St. Cyr: Cayman Prep and High School
Hannah Fowler: Cayman Prep and High School
David Brown: Cayman Academy
Alexandria Franklin: St Ignatius Catholic School
Courtney Couch: St Ignatius Catholic School
Tamara Tanis: Triple C High School
Duncan Anderson: St Ignatius Catholic School
Aisha Stanuel-Taitte: St Ignatius Catholic School
Emma Boyd-Moss (Clarinet): Cayman Prep and High School
Nayil Arana: Cayman Music School
Adam Stoner: Cayman School for Pan/Cayman Prep and High School