Dynamic soloists, focused performances, hard work and a high level of energy are the hallmarks of the ongoing National Children’s Festival of the Arts competition.

The festival, a showcase of the musical, drama, speech and artistic talents of the young generation in Cayman, started Feb. 13 and culminates on April 29. The final awards concert for Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands is to be announced at a later date.

On Wednesday, primary school students took part in a performance of choirs and small vocal ensembles at the Red Bay Church of God on Selkirk Drive. Judges Janelle Tibbetts and Maryanne Chase assessed more than 25 items from 13 government and private schools.

Bodden Town Primary choir, performing “Whisper,” and Red Bay Primary choir, who sang “The Letter,” received high praise and gold awards from judges for their performances in the Classical Contemporary category.

In traditional folk songs, Prospect Primary received gold with “Dip An’ Fall Back.” Savannah Primary, performing “Still,” and Red Bay Primary, performing “Holy Fiyah,” each received gold in the Gospel and Christian category.

“The Letter,” sung by Red Bay students, was an original work by music teacher Patricia Marie Bent that addressed the issue of domestic abuse.

“There are a lot of kids in schools that experience a lot of domestic abuse and witness a lot of it so I wanted to write a song from the perspective of the child watching everything that is going on around them and being affected by it,” Ms. Bent said.

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