The Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra back on stage

[Written by Laure Marshall and Cheresa Lemaire]

The Bermuda Philharmonic Society [BPS] is delighted to announce his return to the stage for his next spring concert, Strings Serenade. The concert for strings only will take place on Sunday, May 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at St John’s Church in Hamilton.

The philharmonie is currently looking for professional and amateur musicians to participate in the next concert. If you are interested in joining, contact the BPS team at [email protected]

While the philharmonie was unable to take the stage during the pandemic, the BPS team took advantage of the time off stage to revamp, rename and modernize its communication tools. The community can now follow the Bermuda Philharmonic Society on Facebook and Instagram.

The organization also launched a new website to allow the community to follow upcoming events, purchase event tickets and make donations online.

The website also describes the Philharmonic’s new membership model, designed to compensate professional musicians who choose to participate in concerts. The sale of concert tickets then finances scholarships granted to local students and the organization of other concerts.

Crucially, the Philharmonic has also continued to hold Fellowship and Bursary auditions during the pandemic to allow local students to continue their musical education. In 2020 and 2021, the Philharmonic Bursary Fund awarded $20,000 in grants and bursaries to 26 dedicated young musicians. 2020 scholarship recipient Daina Babeckas – pianist, saxophonist and singer – started teaching herself to play the organ during the pandemic.

Daina believes that Bermuda is uniquely able to offer young people access to a variety of new experiences when elsewhere in the world students face fierce competition and limited opportunities. Sari Smith and Salayah Stange were both awarded the 2021 scholarship for their outstanding talent and contribution to Bermuda’s musical culture. Sari, a violinist, performs for the elderly in nursing homes and Salayah, a singer and songwriter, supports drama productions at her school. The two young women plan to pursue a minor in music in their post-secondary studies.

Tickets for the Strings Serenade concert on May 15 are $50 for adults and $35 for students ages 5-18 and can be purchased on the website by following this link. Children under five can participate for free.

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