It was an evening of pure musical delight at the St Philip The Less Anglican Church on Sunday evening as the church’s three young organists came together with students of the Barbados Community College’s (BCC) music programme and members of the renowned Cavite Chorale for a Sacred Jazz Concert.
To add to the tastefulness of the 6 p.m. event, patrons were served an assortment of wines and cheeses at the start of the evening to simply wet their appetitites and prepare them for the delicious main course that was to come.
By the end of the night there was joy written all over the faces of those present, having enjoyed a most delectable blend of classical, pop and religious music with an unexpected, but savoury African twist.
The latter took the form of a joyful melody once sung by South African gold and diamond miners as they worked in the dark and oppressive mines.
As the miners sang, their spirits were lifted.
In the same way all spirits were lifted at St Philip The Less last night as the University of the West Indies choir belted out Shosholoza as a sort of dress rehearsal for next month’s opening of the Nelson Mandela Park.
Chorale Director Ryan Boyce further revealed that officials from Johannesburg were expected here for the unveiling of the park in the memory of the globally-recognized freedom fighter and late South African President, as he both entertained and informed the audience during Cavite’s three-set presentation.
However, the St Philip The Less home crowd reserved their largest applause for three of their own – Meagan Foster, Demario Roach and Ricardo Watson — the church’s three young organists, who along with members of the St Philip The Less Youth Chorale and the BCC’s Keimar Greene, Shakhouri Thompson, Nicholas Stevenson, Matthew Banfield, Markeeta Thompson and Shayla were the real artistic discoveries of the night.
In fact, their every performance was greeted with loud applause from a very appreciative audience, including the evening’s patron, the Barbados Labour Party’s candidate for St Peter Colin Jordan, who in brief remarks at the end of the two and a half long event, said he was not only very impressed with all he heard and saw, but also quite satisfied that the future of this island’s music industry was safe and secure.
“We have had a wonderful evening of music,” Jordan said to loud applause.
While hailing the music programme at the BCC as a “fantastic” one, Jordan also called for tangible support for this island’s young people at a time when national standards appear to be falling in “a world darkened by sin”.
Jordan also praised Father Jerome Small and the team at St Philip the Less for putting on a show of a very high standard and he urged the Church in general to encourage young people to use their talents for God.