A classical evening with Cayman Youth Orchestra

If your Christmas season isn’t complete without the sound of live classical music wafting through the air, pulling at your heart strings or causing your feet to tap along vigorously, then you are in luck this year.

The Cayman Youth Orchestra will be performing its debut concert of the 2019-2020 season on Thursday at the ARC in Camana Bay. The event is free to attend, although donations are gratefully accepted. Doors open at 6:45pm, with music from 7–8:15pm.

“We will be performing a range of music from the classical genre,” said Ian Emerson, director of the orchestra and a music teacher who specialises in string education at St. Ignatius Catholic School.

“Some notable titles are ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ By Edvard Grieg, ‘Romeo and Juliet Overture’ by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the ‘Can-can from Orphée aux Enfers’ By Jacques Offenbach.”

Emerson will be conducting the orchestra, while Vito Biliti and Sarah Newman conduct the string studio and beginning strings.

While the orchestra has performed three previous times, this is the first performance that will include woodwind, brass and percussion and it is also the first one offering a beginning strings ensemble.

Cayman Youth Orchestra
The Cayman Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organisation, formed in 2018, that is free to any interested student.

“Our main goal is to create a world-class youth orchestra system in Cayman,” said Emerson. “We now offer three levels of ensembles to cater to as many students as possible. We offer beginning strings, intermediate strings and full orchestra. Currently 118 students participate in weekly rehearsals from seven different schools across Cayman.”

Students aged 7-18 may audition on string instruments, covering violin, viola, cello and bass. Students aged 10-18 may audition on woodwinds, brass and percussion. Interested students are asked to email [email protected] to set up an audition.