Sing-off draws small numbers
A new champion will be crowned in this year’s Cultural Vibes Junior Choir Competition.
The choir from People’s Cathedral Primary School, which has won for the past three years, is unable to attend because music director Alison Norville will be performing in London.
The winner will be chosen from George Lamming Primary, Grazettes Primary, Ursuline Convent, St Cyprian’s Boys’, Bay Primary and Milton Lynch Primary on October 28 when the sing-off takes place at the Derkick Smith Auditorium at Jackmans, St Michael, from 4:30 p.m.
The top three schools will receive trophies and other prizes will be on offer.
Organiser Cortez Blackett told the Weekend Buzz he invited all 80 primary schools, outlining the rules of the competition and judging criteria and was disappointed with the response, but would not be discouraged.
“The competition is a baby right now; it is growing. You have to creep before you walk, and I am not giving up on it,” he said.
Instead, he would seek to grow the competition and expose the talent of the young singers to encourage others to join.
“This is important for children. They [the schools] can’t do enough things to help children develop their skills and their self-esteem. With all of the negative things around them, the more positive things we push at them, will help them to focus and keep them away from the things that would cause problems,” Blackett added.
He commended the schools which responded because he saw the participants’ self-confidence grow.
Each choir will perform two songs in any music genre, but one of the songs must be local.
Although he is disappointed with the response from the primary schools, organiser Cortez Blackett will work with those taking part in the Cultural Vibes Junior Choir Competition.