the direction of FRANKA HILLS HEADLEY, Golden Hands Steel
Orchestra performed and won the Da Silva Cup.
TWO weeks of classic pan performances from southern-based
Golden Hands Steel Orchestra has convinced Canadian music
adjudicator Mary Legge to purchase a steelpanthe national
musical instrument of T&Tbefore she departs our
Legge was based in Tobago and then Naparima Bowl in San
Fernando, for three weeks of preliminary music action in
the 28th Biennial T&T Music Festival.
Her Canadian colleague Melvin James Hurst took command of
activities at Queens Hall in St Anns, Port-of-Spain.
It was during her 14-day posting in San Fernando that she
heard and fell in love with young musicians that constitute
When the steel orchestra took centre-stage at Queens
Hall, at Saturdays open championships and delivered
its tasteful interpretation of the it tune-of-choice titled
The Renewal Suite No 8 from the Rainmaker, composed by Dr
Jeanine Remy, Hurst got a single taste of music pleasures
which Legge had been enjoying for weeks.
Under the direction of conductor Franka Hills-Headley Golden
Hands wowed patrons at the venue with its magical touch
on steel and won the hearts of all gathered to earn the
Da Silva Cup.
is the group that has convinced me to buy a pan, said
Legge to the delight of the audience.
playing is atmospheric, suspenseful and full of contrast.
Golden Hands performance was one of many musical highlights
that filled Queens Hall at the weekend.
Its long-standing member and certified musician Vanessa
Alexandria Headley emerged as the top steelpan soloist to
take home the Signature Trophy, while the Key Academy Group
One won the Rochford Cup.
The Lydian Singers created history when four of its soloists
tied for first to win the Dr Dorrel Philip Trophy. Then
a Lydian duet claimed the Subscribers Cup.
Los Amigos Cantadores and Amantes de Parranda held on to
first place they shared coming out of the qualifying round
of the festival.
They now share the Canadian Trade Commissioners Trophy,
while Poly Alumni Choir caused an up when it beat the world
famous Jeunes Agape and Tobagos established New Dimension
Chorale in the calypso chorale segment for the Joslynne
Sealey Trophy 1.
It seemed gone are the days when Trinidad choir representatives
registering for the calyspo chorale class in the Festival
would recognise the name of a Tobago outfit on the list
No longer are groups taking part in this segment of the
contest expecting to place second believing that the cup
or trophy was reserved for a group from the sister isle.
Poly Alumni demonstrated this on Saturday night with their
controlled singing as well as light, but even movement.
Its repertoire comprised Lord Kitcheners Pan In A
Minor and Rizons Reach.
The features contained its performance did not miss the
ears and eyes of the judges.
Legge said: It was interesting to hear social commentary
in this easy way...done with subtlety and symbolism, but
as always we were looking for quality and sound.
She added: The better the quality, the better the
sound and the words. We looked at the choice of repertoire
and the age of the contestants and the overall presentation.