H.E. Sir Rodney Williams, Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda and H.E. Lady Sandra Williams, the Governor General’s Goodwill Emissary, hosted a lunchtime concert at Government House featuring students from the Purcell School for Young Musicians and the Wells Cathedral School from the United Kingdom.
The students were on Island Antigua as part of a delegation of musicians led by Geoff Parkin, the Artistic Director of the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) and Alison Cox OBE FRSA, Founder and Chair of Trustees of The Commonwealth Resounds. ROSL is a not-for-profit private members’ organisation dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding including help artists and musicians across the Commonwealth connect, collaborate and create. The Commonwealth Resounds promotes music and musicians across the Commonwealth through collaborative events worldwide with a particular focus on young people and the developing world.
The Honourable Daryll Matthew, Minister of Sports, Culture, National Festival and the Arts was also in attendance and welcomed the musicians from the UK to Antigua and Barbuda. He re-affirmed the Government’s commitment to the arts and to supporting the vision and the development of the ABYSO.
Purcell student, Ka Youn Yoo, debuted a fanfare she composed for the Governor General and Lady Williams. She conducted the visiting musicians in this fanfare and then presented a copy to Their Excellencies.
The guests will spend 10 days on Antigua and Barbuda as part of a music exchange programme with the ABYSO. They will provide mentorship to the ABYSO and join the ABYSO for a concert to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth. The visitors will also be given the opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Antigua and Barbuda compliments the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.
The organisers are committed to making this exchange an annual event.
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