It was a legendary and memorable night for St Michael School alumni last Sunday as the institution celebrated its 90th anniversary with an anniversary recital titled Legacy: The Concert.
The concert, held at the Frank Collymore Hall, was under the patronage of Dame Maizie Barker-Welch and Dame Olga Patricia Symmonds, who were also honoured by current principal Dr Yvette Mayers.
The headlining act for the night was mezzo-soprano Dr Grace Hackett who left the crowd in awe throughout the entire show.
Dr Hackett silenced the Frank Worrell auditorium when she graced the stage with The St Michael School choir to sing Panis Angelicus to much applause. Her performances of My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair and Hallelujah were equally captivating. The Manhattan School of Music alumna honoured and celebrated Caribbean matriarchal households with her songs Mango Vert and Coconut Woman.
However, her renditions of the Cat Duet and the Hen Duet with the accompaniment of Amanda Fields were highlight performances. The duo’s delivery was impeccable, as too, their comedic timing. The sopranos captivated the audience not only with their voices but had the crowd in stitches.
Dr Raymond Maughan and Amanda Fields’ chilling performance of A Mother’s Prayer was spellbinding. The duet received a thunderous applause from the sizable crowd. Dr Maughan also gave a solo performance of Tribute To A Beautiful Lady.
Barbadian soloist Dionne Timothy struck an emotional chord with patrons during her performance of Let The Bright Seraphim from the Oratorio Samson. Musical theatre actor Misael Haynes, Deryck Anderson and singer-songwriter David Briggs charmed the ladies with their honeyed voices during their performance of Time To Say Goodbye.
Popular gospel singer Neesha Woodz was also part of the lineup and brought some to their feet with her performance of her original song So Amazing and her cover of My Help by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
The three-hour concert showcased the talents of past and present students. Current students such as pianists Nathan Lovell, and Shanni Inniss shone brightly on stage, as well as the School Choir and Ochestra who were not overshadowed by alumna like Shanise Marshall who sang Oceans by Hillsong United.
Legacy: The Concert showcased that The St Michael School was overflowing with talented minds and talented artistes. (KK)