Even in the face of the current COVID 19 related challenges being experienced by many charitable organizations across the globe, the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Symphony Orchestra (ABYSO) continues to inspire the corporate sector to support music development among our nation’s youths. This was apparent at the recently held ABYSO Scholarships Virtual Awards Ceremony where twenty-three (23) young persons were presented with scholarships to support local private tuition and for some students the cost of a private examination. ABYSO Director, Dr. Jillia Bird served as the Master of Ceremony of the virtual event.
Their Excellencies Sir Rodney and Lady Williams are Patrons of ABYSO. His Excellency delivered the keynote address at the event. Sir Rodney was generous in his praise of the Directors and members of the ABYSO which he described as being ably managed by Chairperson and Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill. The Governor General noted the significant increase in awards compared to the previous year when nine (9) scholarships were presented. The benefactors who hail from a range of sectors to include local and international organizations and businesses were all commended highly for their unstinting support for local music and youth development. The top award was presented to fifteen (15) year old Daniel McIntosh for exemplary records in all core areas of the ABYSO. The Patron’s Award was sponsored by the Halo Foundation Inc., a charity founded and chaired by Lady Williams, The Governor General’s Goodwill Emissary.