The Butterfield Young Musician of the Year competition final is here at last.
From 400 initial entrants under age 18, there are 13 finalists in the Cayman Islands Department of Education-organised contest, which takes place at First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, 920 Crewe Road, from 5.30pm on Saturday, 8 June.
We present the finalists here in alphabetical order of instrument played. The running order will be announced on the night.
Emma Boyd-Moss (Clarinet) – Cayman Prep and High School: When I was a Year 4 pupil at Cayman Prep and High School and was offered the chance to learn an orchestral instrument I chose a clarinet because I thought it sounded exotic. Having just passed my Grade 8 Clarinet Trinity exam I would like to thank all the teachers in Cayman, England and Kenya who have helped me reach this point.
Duncan Anderson – St Ignatius Catholic School: My name is Duncan Anderson, I am 15 years old and I currently attend St. Ignatius Catholic School. I play three instruments: the Euphonium, the Tuba and the Electric Bass guitar but I will only be playing the Euphonium for the Young Musician of the year finals. The two pieces I’m playing are called Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Danza Alegre.
Aisha Stanuel-Taitte – St Ignatius Catholic School: I was born and raised in London England and moved here five years ago. I am a 14 year old student at St. Ignatius Catholic School in Year 10. I play a brass instrument called the Euphonium (also known as the baby tuba or baritone). I started playing in year 7 and have come to love it. I have completed two Trinity Guildhall Exams, Grade 4 & Grade 5. I play in several bands; Swing band, Training band, Concert band, Choir and Brass ensemble. I play steel pan and netball I am part of the Girl Guides association the Rangers section and I completed Junior Achievement not too long ago.
Alexandria Franklin – St Ignatius Catholic School: My name is Alexandra Franklin and I am 17 years old. I am Caymanian, and have lived in the lovely district of West Bay my whole life. I have been playing flute for many years and have completed Trinity/ Guildhall practical examinations in Grades 4-7. I play in my school Concert Band and sing in the Choir. I am in my final year of A Levels and will be going to the UK to study Law this coming September.
Keeley-Shaye Ebanks – Cayman Music School: I play various instruments including piano, flute, violin, saxophone and steel pan. Last year I was nominated to perform flute, this year I will compete playing the piano at the young musician contest. I have gained a passion in music and have been taught by wonderful teachers. They have all helped me develop me musically, understanding and appreciating the wonderful performing art, earning me a second time round in the finals to compete for the title of Young Musician of the Year. I am 14 years old and looking forward to give my best performance.
David Forbes – Cayman Music School: I am 15, attend year 10 at Clifton Hunter, and enjoy mathematics and music tremendously. I began learning the trumpet in year 4 and the piano earlier. I enrolled in CMS in September 2012. I have two brothers and two sisters. In my spare time, I like reading, playing sports, and spending time with friends.
Veronique St. Cyr – Cayman Prep and High School: Véronic St-Cyr is a 14 year-old student who attends Cayman Prep & High School. She has a strong passion for performing arts and has been performing since a very young age. This is her 3rd and final year as a finalist at Young Musician of the Year. Veronic has been awarded a scholarship from a Performing Arts High School in California, and will be going off island in September for further studies.
Adam Stoner – Cayman School for Pan/Cayman Prep and High School: Adam, 15, was born in Hong Kong and spent his first seven years there, living on a tiny island a 45-minute ferry ride from the main city. He enjoys a mix of musical styles from classical to jazz to rock from the ‘60s to contemporary selections. Adam fell in love with the pan the year he moved to Cayman, when he first heard a steel band play during Pirates Week 2005, and is thrilled to be studying the instrument under Earl La Pierre.
Courtney Couch – St Ignatius Catholic School: I started playing trombone 6 years ago. I picked the trombone because I was intrigued by it’s shape and the fact that it was the only instrument available at my school with a slide. I thoroughly enjoy playing the trombone. I play in all the school music ensembles, including Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and Swing Band and am now working towards a grade 7 Trinity exam.
Tamara Tanis – Triple C High School: I am seventeen years old. I am an 11th grade student that currently attends Triple C School. It is a great achievement and privilege to represent my school and to be a finalist in the NCFA Young Musician of the Year. I have been performing at NCFA since first grade, and over the years I have become to enjoy it more and more! I have been playing trombone for about seven years. I currently play trombone in Cayman Island Police Band. Not only do I play trombone, but I also play piano and have completed the highest grade in Trinity Exams for vocal.
Nayil Arana – Cayman Music School: Nayil Arana started violin lessons at the age of four and also plays the piano, the saxophone, and the cello. He has earned gold awards each year for the past three years for his violin performances at the NCFA. This year marks the third time that he has been selected as a finalist for the Young Musician of the Year.
David Brown – Cayman Academy: My name is David Brown, and I am a 14-year-old vocalist. My dream is to use music to help heal the world. Music is a blessing, so it is a blessing to share my gift. My goal is to pursue music as my career either as a musician or a professor.
Hannah Fowler – Cayman Prep and High School: At the age of four Hannah started singing in the First Baptist Church Children’s Choir and her love of singing developed from there. Hannah enjoys the challenge of singing German Lieder and other solos and arias in different languages, and will sing a German piece in the Final. When she is not singing, Hannah can usually be found at Cayman Riding School riding her Cayman quarter horse, Honeycomb
Butterfield will present the following awards: Participation trophies for all participants; 1st – Winner’s trophy plus cash prize of $500; 2nd – Trophy plus cash prize of $300; 3rd – Trophy plus cash prize of $100. Judges are Glen Inanga and John McLaughlin Williams.
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.