The Clifton Hunter High School Senior Choir won the overall prize at the Lions Club of Grand Cayman all-island Youth Choir Competition last Saturday at the Lions Community Centre.
Clifton Hunter also took first place in the Senior High and Junior High categories. Savannah Primary School took first place in the Junior category.
“The winners of the competition were really engaging, very well prepared and really came out and did their best,” said Nicole Bodden, a judge overseeing the competition, along with local judge Georgi-Ann Jackman and overseas judge Priscilla Blanco.
“Both the director and the students really gave the other choirs something to live up to. The preliminary round was good, which we listened to by recordings, but hearing them perform live … the choirs had really prepared for the competition. That was really interesting,” she said.
Speaking about the other choirs, Mrs. Bodden said they too were well prepared by teachers and represented their schools well.
“Each school should be very proud of what their school produced,” she said.
“The first year I thought the competition got off to a great start, and when the Lions Club suggested it being an annual event, I thought that it could be very positive for music in the schools and create healthy competition between both public and private schools,” she said.
More than 800 people turned out to enjoy the students’ musical talents.
Other schools in the competition were St. Ignatius Catholic School, Cayman Prep and High School, John Gray High School, Montessori by the Sea, and Triple C School.
“This event proved to be a successful joint community effort in aid of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands organization,” said Rayle Roberts, Lions president.
“Through this annual event, we will be able to influence the youth in our local community in many ways and also advocate for arts education within our schools,” Mr. Roberts said.
The event was supported by the Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs, the Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure, and the Department of Education Services.