This year ends in an odd number, which means there will be no full Cayman Arts Festival in 2019. But music lovers can delight that the eXtra Cayman Arts Festival 2019 will still offer three nights of entertainment on Feb. 5, Feb. 7 and Feb. 9.
The middle performance of the three features award-winning flautist Nick Cartledge, who is known for his versatile solo performances in various musical genres. Cartledge studied at the Royal College of Music in London, winning a dozen awards in his time there. In 1996, he graduated with first-class honours, having made his Wigmore Hall debut with the guitarists John Williams and Carlos Bonell. The same year he became the first ever flautist to win the Royal Overseas League music competition. He was also awarded the Tagore Gold Medal, the Royal College’s highest honour.
After university, Cartledge found himself in high demand as a session flautist for films and his music has appeared on such soundtracks as “The Theory of Everything,” “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “My Cousin Rachel,” “The Emoji Movie,” “Darkest Hour” and “Paddington 2.” He was also recently featured on the new album by “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Jonathan Antoine, as well as on the soundtrack for David Attenborough’s new “Planet Earth” series.
Cartledge plays a 14-carat rose gold flute, handmade by the Massachusetts-based Brannen Brothers Flutemakers Inc.
For his performance at the Camana Bay Cinema on Feb. 7, Cartledge will team up with Cayman Arts Festival Artistic Director Glen Inanga, who will play the piano.
Other performances for the 2019 eXtra Cayman Arts Festival include the “Island Brass” ensemble on Feb. 5 at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and a return of “That’s Entertainment,” a New York cabaret that was one of the most popular acts of the 2018 Cayman Arts Festival, on Feb. 9 at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. KT Sullivan and her friends from New York — Natalie Douglas, Jon Weber, Marissa Mulder and Danny Bacher — will all return for a night of music, presented in conjunction with The Mabel Mercer Foundation.
For more information, visit caymanartsfestival.com.