Congratulations go out to Chelsi Hurst, who was Grenada’s representative in the 1st Regional Piano Recital held in St Kitts on June 22 and hosted by the Irv Swanston School of Music under the theme “Outside The Box…Across Limitless Musical Horizons”.
One student and teacher from each participating territory travelled to St Kitts where they were treated to a weekend of sharing and learning, all of which culminated in an exciting performance arts concert featuring not only students from the region but also from the Irv Swanston School of Music.
Irv Swanston, the founder and director of this educational institution has for years envisioned the coming together of the region on one musical platform to showcase and celebrate the talents of young, budding pianists.
She believes that such opportunities like this would help students to build their confidence in performance and forge ties and social networks with other students like them.
This event featured teacher and student duos from St Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla and St Maarten, with the students performing from Grade 5 to Diploma levels of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM).
Riding on the wave of the recently concluded St Kitts Music Festival, the highlights of the trip were a dinner at the St Kitts Marriott with the Prime Minister of St Kitts, Dr Denzil Douglas and then the recital the following evening at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium which was also under his patronage.
In his support of this initiative as Ms Swanston also marked eighteen (18) years since the school was first started, he states in his congratulatory address : “The mastery of a musical instrument requires discipline and dedication; Discipline and dedication build character; And all nations need persons of character”.
As we celebrate in Chelsi’s achievement, it is hoped that this will inspire other future young pianists and musicians at large to take advantage of opportunities to improve their craft, and be desirous of sharing that God-given talent with others as we all play our part in journeying beyond musical horizons.