Key Academy Singers during its performance of the Mozart Finale
from the Magic Flute.
Photos: Sean Nero
PATRONS attending Recital SevenA Concert of Festival Champions
staged by the Marionettes Chorale at Queens Hall, St Anns,
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.
Its widely rumoured, in performing circles, that both choirs
are anything but allies.
However, Recital SevenA 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, Queens 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 Mozarts 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 couldnt 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 sensations
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 shows
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 Johnsons
Ride On King Jesus and Mozarts Se allimpero, 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 Wont 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 groups song
list at yet another entertaining recital from the Marionettes Chorale.