Sing-off draws small num­bers

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Entertainment -

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.

(Pic­ture by Reco Moore.)

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.

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