05 Apr 2018
USC Choir and Orchestra holds a grand concert at Mile & a Quarter, Barbados
The University of the Southern Caribbean's (USC) Music Department recently concluded its first overseas trip to Barbados with a grand concert at the Mile and a Quarter Seventh-day Adventist Church, St. Peter. The concert was the last event of the visit to Barbados from Wednesday 28th March to Monday 2nd April 2018. This trip was made possible as a result of several fundraising drives.
The expected contingent of ninety (90) did not all make the trip but the complement of sixty persons, that were able to do so, made the Adventist church and the University proud.
The concert event entitled 'Behold our God!' began promptly at 6:00 pm with the National Anthem followed by opening prayer by the church Pastor, Leslie Padmore. The evening's host, Ms Sherry Legal, of the University's School of Business got the programme started by introducing the USC Choir and Orchestra members and Music Coordinator Mr Kerron Hislop.
The show began with an awesome rendition by Gary Goodridge of the Grapehall Adventist Church on the sax playing 'Lord you're Holy' which started a music fest which lasted for next two and one-half hours. The opening piece enraptured the audience and the thunderous applause would continue throughout the evening. Several extra seats had to be provided since the audience grew beyond capacity during the course of the evening. Eighteen pieces of music were presented by various ensembles including the USC's Flute Quartet, Brass Quintet, Symphony Orchestra, Chime Choir, Concert band and the University Choir and Orchestra. One of the favourite presentations was 'Jesus Saves' as several audience members could be seen swaying to the infectious melody and music of the piece. There were also presentations by various soloist including Trinidad and Tobago 2018 Music Festival winners.
The Music Department Coordinator who is also the Choir and Orchestra conductor, between sets, kept the audience informed about the University's music programme and also shared some of the challenges encountered our the Barbados trip and how the collective events resulted in the concert.
Mr Hislop offered thanks on behalf of the group after ending with an awesome rendition of 'Behold our God!' Pastor Broome closed a well-spent evening with prayer.
This was the first outing outside of Trinidad for the USC Choir and Orchestra. The Music Department plans to make this an annual event to various international location. The Music department of the USC has undergone a transformation this year as evidenced by several prizes and awards that were won in the recently concluded Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival, the biggest general music event in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. This event was recently held from February 17th to March 17th, 2018.