In its continuing efforts to enhance the lives of young persons, the Barbados-based charitable organisation The Maria Holder Memorial Trust has made a significant contribution to the St. Leonard’s 100 Boys Choir.
The donation was made by Christopher Holder, chairman of The Maria Holder Memorial Trust during the choir’s Annual Easter Season concert on April 6 at St. Matthias Anglican Church.
“Our support of the St. Leonard’s Boys Choir is in keeping with the Maria Holder Memorial Trust’s commitment to creating longevity by helping to improve all aspects of the lives of young persons in Barbados,” said Holder.
“The hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the lives of these young men can be seen by the contribution that they make through their excellent music and the impact that they have not only in their school, but also in their communities.
“Our commitment here today builds on an earlier contribution toward the group’s trip to London to perform in 2010. We are proud of our continued and growing association with the St. Leonard’s … choir.”
During Saturday’s concert, Holder presented a cheque representing The Maria Holder Memorial Trust’s support for the next two years. In the past, the choir has relied on contributions from friends and family members and funds raised from performances for its operations.
The Trust’s funding will be used to enhance the group’s vocal and aural training, support the literacy and academic development of choristers, provide leadership seminars to the students, support motivational initiatives, and develop a breakfast programme at the school for choir members.
“This contribution comes at an excellent time for the choir,” said Choir Director Andrew Lokey. “Until now, we have had to rely on limited funding from various sources in an effort to maintain the high standards of excellence that have been set for our boys.
“Thanks to this extremely generous donation from The Maria Holder Memorial Trust, we can now expand our efforts to make music the vehicle to excellence in every fibre of these young men. Most people are now aware of the amount of work that our choir puts in to bring their unique sound to audiences and the sacrifices that are made.
“With this funding, we’ll be able to make sure that each of the members has a nutritious breakfast during school. We can offer them more programming to help them develop into not only outstanding choir member, but outstanding citizens as well.”
Saturday’s performance, titled Joy is Come, featured the music of the Easter season and included appearances by St. Leonard’s School instructors Dionne Timothy, Sheron Highland, The Big Band of the Waterford Music and Cultural Society, as well as a guest appearance by accompanist Evel√≠n Dowridge of Cuba.