Anguillian musicians give first class performance at Carnegie Hall debut

Lennox Vanterpool (second from right) with the musicians.


ANGUILLA–Young Anguillian musicians Kyiv Edwards on the saxophone, Kasem Thompson playing the trombone and Kamal Vanterpool on the piano gave a rousing performance of Amazing Grace at the American Protégé International Competition Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall, New York, on Sunday, April 1. The dynamic musicians added their own Caribbean flair to the original piece which was composed by John Newton, bringing creative energy to the performance.

Lennox Vanterpool, Founder and Musical Director of Morlens School of Music where the young musicians study, said, “What a refreshing and reassuring confidence builder for these youngsters. Coming from a small island, we have yet again proven that our young musicians can perform at the highest levels on the world stage.” Vanterpool also used the opportunity to note the need of a long overdue performing arts centre in Anguilla. “Presence of talent is obvious. What is less obvious is the excitement levels of influencers and leaders regarding a real home for the performing arts. I am hopeful that we can deliver this gift to our young musicians without delay. We already have the Steinway piano to roll onto centre stage,” he said.

The musicians enjoyed great support from a number of Anguillians and friends of Anguilla who came out in strong numbers to experience the occasion. The performance is seen as a milestone in Anguilla’s growing mark on the international music scene.

Source: The Daily Herald