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Sheku with ABYSO’s Khadijah Ladoo

ABYSO Receives Donation from Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Renowned British cellist of Antiguan heritage, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, secured a generous donation in his honour by a private donor to the Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra (ABYSO). Sheku rose…
30-03-20

ABYSO DEVELOPS VIRTUAL LEARNING MENTORING PROGRAMME

Plans to establish an online mentoring programme, linking ABYSO players with music professionals from partner organisations, have been brought forward in light of the restrictions on gathering for rehearsals and…

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Sheku with ABYSO’s Khadijah Ladoo

ABYSO Receives Donation from Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Renowned British cellist of Antiguan heritage, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, secured a generous donation in his honour by a private donor to the Antigua & Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra (ABYSO). Sheku rose…
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ABYSO Receives More New Instruments

The Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra (ABYSO) recently received a donation of new musical instruments for the use of students who are enrolled in its ongoing programme. The symbolic…

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ABYSO – KANNEH-MASON PLAYING TO INSPIRE 4

SUNDAY 25th APRIL 2021 ABYSO – KANNEH-MASON PLAYING TO INSPIRE 4 Venue: St. John’s Pentecostal House of Restoration, Lauchland Benjamin Drive, Antigua TIme: 6:30pm AST
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The ABYSO and Friends Virtual Recital

SUNDAY 4th OCTOBER 2020 The ABYSO and Friends Virtual Recital Host: Ladesa James-Williams, ABYSO Director & FirstCaribbean International Bank Director, Retail Sales OECS, and Country Head Antigua. More details will…

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"ROSL is proud to support the work of ABYSO as they go from strength to strength."

Geoff Parkin - Artistic Director, Royal Over-Seas League

“The ABYSO Composition Programme taught me many valuable lessons about the art of composition. As a result, I can be more creative and more expressive with my compositions.”

Khadijah Simon - Composer

“The ABYSO Composition Programme taught me many valuable lessons about the art of composition. As a result, I can be more creative and more expressive with my compositions.”

Khadijah Simon - Composer

I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the ABYSO. I have become more patient with my life and my instrument and better skilled at time management.

Resa Nelson - Flute

"As a member of the ABYSO, I have found a home to escape all the frustrations of my day to day life, gained a further appreciation of the art form and learnt quality behavioural traits. I have found something to be committed to and I love sharing the products of that commitment with others. "

Khadijah Ladoo - Cello

"In 2017, I sat in the audience listening to the Kanneh-Masons play alongside local musicians and thought “I would really like to be on that stage one day”. Today, I am developing my skills as a trombonist thanks to the ABYSO”.

Orlando Gordon - Trombone

"I am ABSOLUTELY grateful to my brilliant and amazing string tutors Litsa Tunnah and Maria Valero from whom I have learnt so much."

Calynia Edwards - Violin

"The ABYSO is a wonderful, highly deserving initiative which has changed the lives of many young people in the country.  I have travelled to many different countries over the years and can honestly say that never have I seen such exceptional dedication and support from leading members of a county’s government as I have seen in Antigua and Barbuda."

Alison Cox OBE FRSA - Founder and Chair of Trustees, The Commonwealth Resounds

"Music education is a powerful tool for empowering youth through culture, as well as cultivating leadership and an appreciation for the arts. The ABYSO is playing a critical role in providing these opportunities in Antigua and Barbuda."

Avery Waite - Executive Director, MusAid

“In 2019, I had the pleasure of visiting Antigua as the guest of the ABYSO. I was struck by the spirt of enthusiasm and volunteerism and the strong vision which underpinned this developing and deeply ambitious programme. I am honoured to support the ABYSO as a friend and adviser and endorse it as a fine example of promoting diversity in music”.

Julian Lloyd Webber - Principal, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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