The Cayman Arts Festival will bring four events to music lovers this autumn, showcasing world-class performer Catrin Finch and many local artists, including flautists Elizabeth Malkin and Daniela Granados (winner of the 2016 Butterfield Musician of the year), clarinetist Deidra Campbell, pianists Glen Inanga and Allie Cortens, soprano Georgina Gatto and tenor Arek Nicholson. The events will also feature the Cayman National Choir and the Cayman National Orchestra directed by Sue Horrocks.
“This is the first time that CAF has organized so many events in a short period of time, outside of February, our regular festival period,” said Marius Gaina, executive director of the Cayman Arts Festival.
“For various reasons, CAF was not able to bring to Cayman all of the performers that we had in mind in February. However, we don’t want to miss any opportunity for a first-class show when it presents itself. We just want to provide our supporters with more entertainment throughout the year and not only for a few weeks.”
Over the years, CAF has established a very successful tradition: All performers hold educational and cultural workshops for students of the Cayman Islands. This season, Finch will present a free master class for students from public and private schools.
The Cayman Arts Festival 2016 autumn events:
Music on the Menu
Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Featuring flautists Elizabeth Malkin and Daniela Granados and clarinetist Deidra Campbell, this concert is sure to appeal to classical music fans. Guests will be welcomed with canapés and drinks on the terrace, followed by a three-course meal with wine. All proceeds will go toward the Cayman Arts Festival Scholarship Program.
Allie Cortens and Glen Inanga – piano recital
Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Ignatius High School music room
This will be an evening of piano sonatas. Cortens and Inanga will perform music composed by Domenico Scarlatti, Joseph Haydn, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Cesar Franck. All proceeds will go toward the Cayman Arts Festival Scholarship Program.
Catrin Finch – harp recital
Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman ballroom
Described as “The Queen of Harps,” Catrin Finch of Wales has delighted audiences with her performances in the U.K. and worldwide. Inspired to learn the harp at age 5, she achieved the highest mark in the U.K. for her Grade VIII exam at age 9. Finch is the former royal harpist to the Prince of Wales, from 2000-2004. She had the honor of reviving this ancient tradition last held in 1873.
Cayman National Choir and Cayman National Orchestra sacred music concert Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Grand Cayman Marriott ballroom
This event presents sacred music, including “Ave Maria” by different composers, with the Cayman National Choir and Cayman National Orchestra, directed by Sue Horrocks, and soloists Georgina Gatto (soprano) and Arek Nicholson (tenor).
Cayman Arts Festival
Incorporated in 2003 by Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef – both world-renowned concert pianists – and Sharon Roulstone, a Caymanian attorney, the festival has acted on its belief that education is among its core purposes. This is embodied in CAF’s mission statement: “To bring world-class performing arts to the Cayman Islands to inspire, entertain and educate.” Since 2004, more than 1,600 students have attended workshops or master classes with visiting artists.
The February 2016 festival was the most successful since the event began, organizers said. They pointed out these statistics:
- 13 events were held over 10 days;
- 75 artists performed in five venues;
- More than 2,000 people attended the festival;
- More than 2,000 tickets sold for the main festival events;
- More than 250 people attended the fringe events; and
- More than 400 children participated in CAF’s educational outreach programs and workshops.