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Northlands and Bermuda Institute win in carol contest

Students from Gilbert Institute participate in this year’s Great Christmas Carol-Off competition at LF Wade International Airport this week (Photograph supplied)

Students from 18 local schools brought the holiday spirit to LF Wade International Airport this week.

The Great Christmas Carol-Off competition drew a full crowd at the terminal on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and airport operator Skyport donated to the music programmes of the winning schools.

Judges for the contest, former MP Dale Butler, choir director Michelle Doars and Tusha Stovell, representing Skyport, gave the highest score to the Bermuda Institute’s senior choir.

The group, directed by Owen Simons, was not the only one to be awarded the $5,000 top prize. Northlands Primary choir, led by Terry Henry, also received $5,000 in the new primary school category.

The Warwick Academy choir, directed by music teacher Deanna Friesen, was the overall runners-up and received a $2,500 contribution.

Aaron Adderley, the president of Skyport, said: “It was clear the various schools and groups invested significant effort into each presentation.

“We knew that we would have to find a way to honour the performances of the best junior performers in a category separate and apart from those of the extraordinary senior and middle school students.

“We are thrilled to be able to add this special prize.”

Highlighting the competition’s growth and public response, Mr Adderley added: “We initiated the competition fund to fortify support for schools' music programmes, aligning with our dedication to community and social responsibility, especially in endorsing Steam initiatives for youth.

“Research has shown the powerful impact of music education on the social, academic and social development of young people, and we are proud to provide this platform to support even the smallest musical programme or after-school choir club to flex their musical muscles.”

Nikki Fagan, Skyport’s head of brand development and communications, said support for the contest “underscores the value of the arts and our young people to Bermuda.

“Congratulations to the Ministry of Education, all the schools, students and their parents for their outstanding contributions.

“Skyport looks forward to continuing its commitment to youth with an exciting slate of Skyport-supported initiatives starting in March 2024.”

The group that receives the most votes from the public by December 31, excluding the original three winners, will earn a $1,200 contribution to its music programme.

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Published December 16, 2023 at 7:52 am (Updated December 16, 2023 at 8:31 am)

Northlands and Bermuda Institute win in carol contest

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