Students receive donated violins

Eight-year-old students of the RBC Dominion Securities After-School Instrumental Music program at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School received violins from donors to enable them to start weekly violin lessons. - PHOTO: ALMA CHOLLETTE

An appeal for stringed instruments for talented young musicians tugged at the heartstrings of donors who have supplied students with 10 new violins.

The Sir John A. Cumber students who are taking part in the RBC Dominion Securities After-School Instrumental Music program received their new violins on April 28.

The school’s music teacher, Rebekah Jefferson, said the group of 8-year-olds has been covering the basics, from scales, reading rhythms, to playing melodies and revising unpitched percussions, but they needed instruments to enable them to continue their studies and practice.

Organizers of the Cayman Arts Festival appealed to the public last month through the Cayman Compass to donate unwanted stringed instruments or to help with donations.

In addition to cash donations, violins by Helmut Gerhart, Cremona and Mendini and Cecilio were handed over to the youth music program. In addition to those 10, two more violins and four cellos are being donated.

“We would like to deeply thank all our donors who responded to our appeal for contributions towards our after-school program,” said Cayman Arts Festival Director Marius Gaina. “With their help, we will be able to make the music lessons for students a normal activity and not just a luxury.”

Lorna Lumsden, acting principal at Sir John A. Cumber, said, “We are happy to be given the instruments. I look forward to seeing the [students] practice and perform as they progress.”

The after-school music program, started in 2014, provides free lessons and instruments for young students identified as “gifted and talented” and referred to the program by their music teachers.

Sir John A. Cumber students will hold their first violin practice next week, and will meet two to three times a week with a violin tutor.

The Cayman Arts Festival is also asking for assistance in securing clarinets for budding music students in Cayman Brac. To donate, or for more information, call 922-5550 or email [email protected]