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National Choir and Orchestra scores with “Epic Journeys” performance

The Cayman National Choir and Orchestra struck all the right notes on Sunday (25 November), especially with younger members of the audience, as they performed a medley of hits at their “Epic Journeys” concert at the Westin Ballroom.

A packed-out crowd were transported from the Caribbean to Middle Earth via Ancient Greece and space… before going Back to the Future.

A medley of inspiring music and one that the orchestra’s first violinist hopes will also score with the next generation of local performers:

“It was lovely to see lots of small, little faces there, enjoying it and bopping along, with lots of claps,” Cheryl Chernowski said, adding: “it was fantastic!”

Ms. Cheryl has played with the orchestra since 2009; she said the young music scene on island was thriving.

“Obviously there’s now a Cayman Youth Orchestra as well, so they’ll be coming up into the National Orchestra and there’s the Cayman Youth Choir, which is featured this evening,” Ms. Chernowski explained.

The event was also aimed at replenishing the coffers – vital to keep the group going, especially when it comes to purchasing some of the scores, which can set them back around $400 apiece.

“It’s a non-profit organisation so all the money goes back into hiring music, any new instruments we need, renting a space to rehearse….” the violinist, who is also a teacher at Musicians Ltd., pointed out.

The concert: a testament to the power of music to transport, inspire and unite. As Ms. Cheryl summed up: “These people have come together: expats, Caymanians, lots of different people.”

And if you missed out on this concert, you will have another chance to hear the Choir and Orchestra, free of charge, when they host their evening of festive music and carols on 11 and 13 December at Elmslie Church.

 

 

About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at carolinejames@hurleysmedia.ky or 326-2243.

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