Con­cert an evening of class

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SOME OF THE GRAD­U­ATES of the Bar­ba­dos Com­mu­nity Col­lege (BCC) mu­sic pro­gramme re­cently put on quite a show at a donor con­cert in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the pre­sen­ta­tion of a Stein­way & Sons grand pi­ano to the col­lege.

Held at the col­lege, the con­cert was an evening of class, tal­ent and ded­i­ca­tion as Ro­mari Welch got things off to a good start with his ren­di­tion on the pi­ano of the gospel song In­de­scrib­able. He was fol­lowed by the duo of Matthew Ban­field on the pi­ano and Ni­cholas Steven­son on the trum­pet.

The 2017 grad­u­ates did two pieces, Eine Kleine Nacht­musik by Mozart and Misty by Er­rol Gar­ner, for an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence which in­cluded re­al­tor Sir Paul Alt­man, well known mu­si­cian Roger Git­tens, Al­li­son Thomp­son and Michael Gib­bons from Pi­ano Caribbean.

It’s al­ways an in­spi­ra­tion to see and hear Rhea Drakes play the pi­ano, and she did a jazz med­ley ac­com­pa­nied by Pe­tra Welch on the drums. Abi­gail San­di­ford, who has at­tained a Merit in the Royal School of Mu­sic Grade 8 pi­ano ex­am­i­na­tion. wowed the gath­er­ing with Bal­lade In F Ma­jor (No.2 Opus .38) by Chopin.

The fi­nal per­for­mance saw tu­tor An­dre Daniel join­ing with two of his stu­dents, Ste­fan Bas­combe and Aaron Layne, on one pi­ano to per­form a num­ber of se­lec­tions, end­ing with the hymn What A Friend We Have In Jesus. (RL)

RHEA DRAKES at the pi­ano and Pe­tra Welch on the drums.

FROM LEFT, Ste­fan Bas­combe, Aaron Layne and An­dre Daniel shared one pi­ano. (Pic­tures by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.) ABI­GAIL SAN­DI­FORD wowed the gath­er­ing with her Chopin piece.

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