A packed house greeted singers and musicians from across the Cayman Islands for the third Cayman Islands Quartet Festival on Saturday.

The event honored veteran musician Idalee Cynthia Scott of East End and attracted an estimated 2,000 capacity crowd, a press release states.

Ms. Scott, a graduate of the US School of Music, has enjoyed a 30-year career in music. She was a guitarist with the Gospel Strings, a group that allowed her and her family to combine their love of music and philanthropy as they traveled from district to district raising money for the needy.

“We just loved to sing and to help people,” she said.

Kayla Batiste escorts the North Side Church Quartet.
Kayla Batiste escorts the North Side Church Quartet.

The festival is the brainchild of Earl Alexander of the North Side Church, one of the smallest Adventist churches on Grand Cayman.

This year it was staged at Kings Church off Walkers Road in George Town, featuring performances by quartets from all Adventist churches on Grand Cayman.

Pastor Shian O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presents the 2016 Quartet Festival trophy to Idalee Cynthia Scott in recognition of her contribution to music in the Cayman Islands.
Pastor Shian O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, presents the 2016 Quartet Festival trophy to Idalee Cynthia Scott in recognition of her contribution to music in the Cayman Islands.

Dr. Ivor Harry, pastor of the North Side Church, delivered a short sermon, and the event began with a procession of quartets followed by a mass choir singing “Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing,” under the direction of North Side Church’s music coordinator Henry Parchment.

Ms. Scott and her three daughters introduced one of the first quartet groups, the Melody Makers, who made their debut some 18 years ago.

Congratulating Ms. Scott, Pastor Shian O’Connor, president of the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, thanked her for her dedicated service and presented her with the 2016 Quartet Festival trophy in recognition of her contribution to music in the Cayman Islands. He also thanked the leadership of the North Side Church for its dedication to the cause of musical ministry.

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