PRESS RELEASE – As the 2014 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival draws to a climax with artistic expressions and world class performances, Bank of Saint Lucia is investing in a cadre of young, promising musicians on the island.
The 2014 BOSL Strings Workshop took place on Thursday, May 8 at the St. Lucia School of Music. The workshop was arranged by the St. Lucia Tourist Board and the St. Lucia School of Music. It was facilitated by renowned strings group Alternative Quartet of Trinidad & Tobago – who performed at main-stage on Friday May 9 – Caribbean Night.
Bank of Saint Lucia and the ECFH Group have provided sound support to the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival over eighteen years now. This year, BOSL signed on as Gold Sponsor of Jazz in the South, Bronze Sponsor of main-stage Jazz and major sponsor of Soufriere Creole Jazz.
This consistent partnership reflects ECFH’s continued commitment to the socio-economic development of St. Lucia through the arts. A key condition of this support is the focus on the educational component. The Strings Workshop fulfills that objective.
Bank of Saint Lucia also commended the St. Lucia Tourist Board and all stakeholders for the unified commitment to the growth and development of the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, and for the emphasis on the development of the educational component of the Festival.
General Manager of BOSL Hadyn Gittens, in his remarks during the launch stated, “In recent years, we collaborated with the St. Lucia School of Music for the launch of the ECFH Young Mentors Scholarship Programme which continues to bear much fruit. With the support of the 2014 Jazz & Arts Festival, we now have the unique opportunity to marry these two programmes. We are heartened by the involvement of the Marchand Youth Orchestra and the Strings Department of the School of Music in this Workshop. We encourage you, the participants, to make the most of this unique opportunity.”
Gittens expressed thanks to Alternative Quartet for facilitating the workshop for the young promising musicians and went on to say: “This augers well for the development of young talent, and serves as a testament of your commitment to the vision of bringing talent, creativity, versatility and uniqueness to the wider world. We look forward to your performance at Jazz main-stage.”
The St. Lucia School of Music and the Bank of Saint Lucia have shared a relationship for over 25 years. BOSL’s predecessor institution, the National Commercial Bank of Saint Lucia (NCB) provided grant funding for the establishment of the St. Lucia School of Music in 1989.