Tuesday 2nd May, 2006


Marionettes showcases Festival Champions

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Feryal Qudourah and members of the Marionettes’ Junior Chorale deliver an entertaining interpretation of I Feel Pretty at the group’s Festival of Champions held last Wednesday at Queen’s Hall St Ann’s.

By Patricia James

The Marionettes Chorale held A Concert of Festival Champions last Wednesday night at the Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

The show was held to celebrate the winning performances from this year’s music festival from vocalists and musicians affiliated with the group. Music Festival committee member Joselynne Sealey was among the throng of patrons which filled the concert hall.

The group, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2004, yet again produced high achievers at this year’s music festival competitions. Performers from the two choirs, the senior and youth chorales between them won ten championship trophies. Vanessa Bushe and 16-year-old Feryal Qudourah claimed two adjudicators’ awards at the festival and showed the audience just why they were so highly regarded.

The acts showcased at Wednesday night’s event were varied in the styles of music they chose but the discipline was evident throughout. The young musicians displayed their training and the commitment they had to delivering high calibre performances.

Feryal Qudourah received rousing applause after each of her pieces and she appeared to effortlessly climb octaves and emote with the ease of a seasoned professional. Tahirah Osborne must also receive high praise for her emotionally moving renditions as the crowd was silent after her second piece before bursting into thunderous ovation.

There were stand out performers even among the cavalcade of talent on show. 13-year-old Virgil Critchlow delivered a gospel-tinged rendition of Bless His Holy Name, that stirred the crowd. Germaine Wilson offered a dramatic, opera execution of the Broadway hit, Glitter and be Gay, while Lesley Lewis served up a octave-climbing Un Voce Poco Fa.

There were also great performances from the instrumentalists. Johann Chuckaree and eight-year-old Elijah Lee were virtuoso on the pan and saxophone. Jesse Ryan thrilled with his original composition, Wave.

The Entertainers not only entertained the audience but educated as well as they demonstrated several instruments from West Africa in a totally instrumental piece called La femme sans haine.

All the acts shone at the Wednesday night show. Juenes Agape had the audience clapping along and Sacred Heart Girls’ Choir put everyone in the mood for Christmas with their award-winning parang presentation.

The Marionettes executed a show that was held to the standard to which their following has grown accustomed as patrons left the concert hall smiling, singing and satisfied.

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