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National String Festival brings positive energy
Jonathan Storer, Concert Master at the Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Trinidad and Tobago will be the adjudicator as 80 people playing the guitar, violin, cello, bass and harp participate in 5th National String Music Festival at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Resource Centre, McBean, Couva on Monday and Tuesday. All winners in the various categories will perform at a free concert on Wednesday at 6pm. Guest artistes at the Festival Concert of Champions concert will include Robert Munro, the renowned and highly acclaimed premier cuatro soloist, bassist Michael Germain and Kevin Singh on his home-made harp.
This Fifth National String Festival is the educative type, organised biannually and held exclusively in south Trinidad. It is held for the benefit of amateur string musicians of all ages and grades of achievement, so that they share in the excitement of making music. For many of the participants the string festival provides a bridge between music lessons, music examinations and performing confidently in public. Competitors are required to perform their own music of choice. During the two days of competition each participant receives verbal and written feedback from a qualified, professional adjudicator.