The Ministry of Education is again anticipating keen competition among this year’s entrants of the finals of the Schools’ Music Festival.
Members of the public are invited to attend the event which is slated for Sunday, March 19, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, at 4:00 p.m.
This weekend’s finals will see 13 primary and 10 secondary schools competing for awards in one or more of the six categories of: small vocal ensemble; large vocal ensemble; solo vocal; solo instrumental; small instrumental ensemble and large instrumental ensemble.
The primary schools in the finals are: Ignatius Byer, Bay Primary, Hindsbury, Trinity Academy, Hilda Skeene, St. Angela’s, Grantley Prescod, St. Joseph, Arthur Smith, Mount Tabor, Codrington, The Rock Christian and St. Luke’s Brighton.
At the secondary level, the following schools will be on stage: Seventh-Day Adventist, The Alleyne School, Combermere, The Lodge School, Frederick Smith Secondary, Ursuline Convent, Coleridge and Parry, Parkinson Memorial, Codrington, Harrison College and Grantley Adams.
Education Officer with responsibility for Music, Joy Knight-Lynch, expressed pleasure at the outstanding musical capabilities of the young performers, stating that they performed “magnificently”.
“The judges really did have a difficult task, so far. The presentations not only displayed an elevated sense of musicianship but what we have seen is a high level of discipline, team effort, confidence and camaraderie between schools as well,” she said.
The Education Officer added that music teachers should also be highly commended for their work in honing the skills of the students.
Tickets for the event are available at participating schools, as well as at box offices located at CS Pharmacy, Bridgetown; and A & B Music Supplies Ltd., Sheraton. For further information, the public may contact Joy Knight-Lynch at 535- 0686, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.