Statia’s young musicians display talents at recital | THE DAILY HERALD

The Jolly Ringers with Rita Hassell-Bass (left) of Rita Music School conducting the young musicians.

From left: violin teacher Elaine Marchena and her students De’Shaun and D’shnay Vlijtig and Cherisse Woodley performing at the “The Colour of Music” recital at Seventh Day Adventist Church.

  1. EUSTATIUS–A piano and handbell musical recital was held Monday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church’s basement at Newton Pasture. Many young musicians displayed their talents, with some even showing their proficiency with multiple instruments. The event themed “The Colour of Music” was produced by Rita Music School, headed by Rita Hassell-Bass.

After Pastor Virgil Sims carried out the opening prayer, Hassell-Bass gave an inspiring opening speech in which she said that many of her former students come up to her and say, “I am so sorry that I did not continue practising because now that I’m an adult I realize what benefits playing an instrument has, because I did not continue practising, I do not have those skills.”

She explained how learning to play a recorder makes it easier to learn to play a woodwind instrument such as the saxophone. She demonstrated this by performing a recorder duet with her student D’shnay Vlijtig.

“You have a chance to attend music lessons, boys and girls, so please do your best to practice and you will become a big musician and there will be great things in store for you,” Hassell-Bass told her students.

The recital featured a slew of performances by students and guest artiste Nicole Blair who sang “Wonderful, Merciful Saviour.”

Among the highlights of the evening were the Jolly Ringers, Buzzy Bees Bell Choir Group One and Two, along with many performances by the young musicians accompanied by their teachers.

A special violin show was performed by Cherisse Woodley, De’Shaun and D’shnay Vlijtig accompanied by their teacher Elaine Marchena.

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