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The Key Academy Singers during its performance of the Mozart Finale from the Magic Flute.
Photos: Sean Nero


PATRONS attending Recital Seven—A Concert of Festival Champions staged by the Marionettes Chorale at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, were expecting a high calibre production and that they got.

What they did not expect were appearances by members of the Lydian Singers on the showcase, but the combination made for an even more powerful and inspirational evening of entertainment.

It’s widely rumoured, in performing circles, that both choirs are anything but allies.

However, Recital Seven—A Concert of Festival Champions featured Lydian vocalists John Thomas and Germaine Wilson in addition to several other dynamic young entertainers.

When Thomas and Wilson took up positions in the front line with the Marionettes to render My Tribute for the finale, under the direction of Gretta Taylor, Queen’s Hall buzzed.

Thomas, who was voted the Most Outstanding Tenor at the recently concluded T&T Music Festival staged by the T&T Music Festival Association, had two performance slots earlier in the programme.

He first appeared in an impressive duet with Rory Wallace delivering Sound the Trumpet from Purcell. Later, the audience heard his sterling solo interpretation To Chloe taken from Mozart’s repertoire.

Wilson, the Most Outstanding Performer from the music festival, tantalised music aficionados with her colourful treatment of Art Is Waiting for Me.

She wrapped the audience with her communicative style of performing which complemented her soulful and tuneful singing.

Recital Seven allowed the Marionettes to showcase not only its own but other outstanding entertainers, who are more popular today following wowing performances delivered at the music festival.

Music lovers simply couldn’t get enough of Tahirah Osborne.

She filled three performance slots: One under the banner of the Key Academy Singers; a duet with Rashidah Vitalis and as a soloist.

All the performances were of merit, but it was the teen sensation’s sterling solo adaptation of Caro Nome from Rigeletto from Verdi that earned her a standing ovation.

Entertainers on a playbill seemed to draw on each others’ energy which resulted in a balanced production as witnessed in the presentation of Patrice Quammie doing O Ravishing Delight and Hermina Charles with Climb Every Mountain.

Turon Nicholas’ performance was testimony of the show’s variety.

The southern beauty and the Most Outstanding Vocalist at the festival took the spotlight with a three-song repertoire, rich with elements of gospel and folk music.

She broke the ice with a spiritual item titled Upon This Rock, before offering other popular selections like Evening Time and Poisson.

Like Nicholas, entertainers from south Trinidad, it seemed, felt registering performances that were less than superb was not an option.

Eighty-year-old baritone Arnold Ransome proved that with his masterful rendition of The Exodus Song, while a more youthful dramatic Marlon De Bique scored with his repertoire that comprised Hall Johnson’s Ride On King Jesus and Mozart’s Se all’impero, amici Dei (from La Clemenza di Tito).

Instrumentalists and choirs at Recital Seven ensured they were not left out of the kudos at the show.

Patrons heard a brilliant duet from flautists Jeremy Chatoor and Marcus Bernard with their aptly titled selection titled Sonata for Flute, while pannist Tamika Ward Lewis rendered Sabre Dance Papillon and Bagatelle No2 (Allegro giocoso).

Conscious of its strength in the genre of folk music, Sacred Heart Girls’ RC School Choir delivered Oh Won’t You Sit Down and Run Fast and consequently injected comedy into the programme, while Presentation College turned on the charm with the uniquely textured voices of its members. Michael Row The Boat Ashore and Down in the Valley were the hits contained in the group’s song list at yet another entertaining recital from the Marionettes Chorale.