‘Decades: A Musical Journey Through Time’ casts spotlight on young talent

Spend a memorable evening with the Cayman Youth Choir

Cayman Youth Choir
The full Cayman Youth Choir, performing at Elmslie Memorial Church.

The Cayman Arts Festival continues with its goal to enrich the lives of students through music, by presenting ‘Decades: A Musical Journey Through Time’ – a concert performed by the Cayman Youth Choir.

The fundraising event, being held on Thursday, is designed to support the strong educational programme run by the CAF, which provides free instruments and tuition to around 250 government schoolchildren. Part of the proceeds will also go towards the choir’s upcoming choral workshops with none other than esteemed choral director, Mark De-Lisser, who arranged music and sang in the gospel choir for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He has also worked on numerous TV shows such as ‘The Voice’ and ‘The Masked Singer’.

The concert will feature 20 songs from the 1950s through to present day, no doubt encouraging the audience to tap their toes and sing along to hits such as ‘I Want You Back’, ‘The NeverEnding Story’, ‘We Built This City’ and ‘Stand By Me’.

Beyond the money raised from entry ticket sales, there will also be a raffle on the night. Over 40 amazing raffle prizes have been gathered to give away at the concert, including several staycations, brunches, unique experiences, memberships and retail vouchers.

Attendees don’t need to take a selfie, as there will be a complimentary photo booth at the venue, provided by PartyBooth Cayman. This means anyone who wants a lasting memory of the night can have a professional picture taken by the experts. Feel free to grab some of the accessories and dress yourself up for your glamour shot!

The Cayman Youth Choir is unique to the island, being an organisation that is free to join and which does not require an audition. The organisers said they are delighted to have constantly growing numbers – the choir has just under 70 members – aged 6-18.

The choir is actually made up of two choirs – the Tiddly-Pops for ages 6-10 and the Senior Choir for ages 10-18. Students come from nearly every school on the island, making the group a true representation of Cayman’s young people. Children come to sing, but as a result, they make lasting friendships through music. Rehearsals are every Monday after school at John Gray High School.

All the students have been working very hard since January to prepare for this concert after an extraordinary Christmas season, when they performed at both the George Town and Camana Bay tree-lighting ceremonies, as well as in their own Christmas concert, and for a (rainy) appearance at the governor’s residence.

| The concert starts at 6pm (doors open at 5:30pm) in the John Gray High School gymnasium. For tickets, which are $20 for adults and $5 for children, email [email protected] or WhatsApp 922-2079. They will also be available
on the door.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now