The Mu­si­cal Youth of Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Claudia Elei­box

On the cool evening of De­cem­ber 8th, 2016 the Saint Lu­cia School of Music, along with six vol­un­teers from the Venezue­lan “El Sis­tema” Pro­gramme, pro­duced an ex­cep­tional con­cert at Mu­sicbox in Rod­ney Bay.

The event opened with Her Ex­cel­lency Leif Escalona’s ad­dress when she ex­pressed her ut­most ap­pre­ci­a­tion and sup­port of Saint Lu­cia’s tal­ented mu­si­cians. The Venezue­lan am­bas­sador sin­cerely thanked the au­di­ence for sup­port­ing the School of Music and urged that we con­tinue to do so.

“El Sis­tema” is a world-renowned pro­gramme that was founded to keep Venezue­lan youth oc­cu­pied in a con­struc­tive, mu­si­cal way. The six vol­un­teers who are teach­ers of the pro­gramme came to the is­land and con­ducted work­shops for ten weeks in which they taught var­i­ous as­pects in­volved in voice train­ing and per­form­ing music. The com­bined ef­forts of the vol­un­teers and the ded­i­cated stu­dents cre­ated an evening noth­ing short of mag­i­cal.

In­fants adorned with antlers, Santa hats and jin­gle bells opened the show, coax­ing end­less “awws” from the au­di­ence as they sang at the top of their lungs and to their hearts’ con­tent. Begin­ners and sea­soned mu­si­cians in dif­fer­ent clas­si­fi­ca­tions of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments fol­lowed. A de­li­cious con­coc­tion of wind and per­cus­sion in­stru­ments used to play Christ­mas songs was par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing to the au­di­ence, the in­nately skilled drum­mers trig­ger­ing a stand­ing ova­tion dur­ing their bows.

The high­light of the night was the or­ches­tral per­for­mance. “Pi­rates”, bet­ter known as the mu­si­cal from Pi­rates of the Caribbean, and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” were played for an at­ten­tive, ut­terly cap­ti­vated au­di­ence. After­wards, the choir joined with a heart­felt de­liv­ery, singing in English and Span­ish. Ren­di­tions of “Sons and Daugh­ters of Saint Lu­cia” and the Venezue­lan na­tional an­them ended the show.

Overall the con­cert flowed smoothly de­spite the fact that fur­ni­ture and set-up on stage had to be re­ar­ranged af­ter each per­for­mance. The stu­dents dis­played true mu­si­cal knowl­edge, and the vol­un­teers bade good­bye to the school know­ing they would be sad to leave.

The di­rec­tor of the School of Music, Richard Payne, gave the vote of thanks with the same grat­i­tude as the am­bas­sador.

Saint Lu­cian mu­si­cal tal­ent can def­i­nitely be found at the Saint Lu­cia School of Music.

Stu­dents of the Saint Lu­cia School of Music wowed the au­di­ence as they per­formed Christ­mas carols.

Our mu­si­cal youth of Saint Lu­cia dur­ing Christ­mas sea­son.

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