ABYSO Prepares For 5th Anniversary Celebrations

Editorial Staff


ABYSO, the Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra (ABYSO) will commence a year of celebrations this month, to mark its 5th anniversary beginning with a church service at the St Johns Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sunday 16

It will include music by Junior ABYSO, the Kanneh-Masons and the Inspire Youth Choir under the directorship of guest conductor Tom Fetherstonhaugh.

Tom who is making his second trip to Antigua as conductor for celebratory events is the Assistant Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a graduate of Oxford University’s Merton College

The celebrations will continue with the 5th edition of the ABYSO-Kanneh-Masons’ Playing to Inspire concert on Saturday 22nd April at 7:00pm at the St. John’s Pentecostal Church on Lauchland Benjamin Drive.

A release from the organization states that the concert will include a wide range of music including Beethoven, Marley and Milhaud, bound to keep audiences electrified.

Barbuda will also form part of the anniversary celebrations. For the first time, students from the Sir McChesney George Secondary School on Barbuda will sing on the Inspire Youth Choir.

In addition, “three young musicians playing flute, French Horn and tuba, from the Dominican Republic, will also join the ABYSO as part of the celebrations, with the kind assistance of Her Excellency Raquel Jacobo  Jaar, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Antigua and Barbuda,  and Mia Vidal Corominas, the ABRSM DR Representative, as the ABYSO commences a partnership with the Dominican Republic. Completing the list of special guests will be prize winning clarinetist Sophie Biddell who read music at Oxford University and is currently Director of Music at the Christchurch Cathedral School in Oxford”, according to a statement from ABYSO.

The ABYSO is a not-for profit, year-round after school music programme providing quality, accessible music education, instruments, performance and mentorship opportunities to young musicians and music educators across Antigua and Barbuda.


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