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National Youth Choir to present annual Christmas Concert

The Bahamas National Youth Choir will present its Second Annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 14 at Trinity Methodist Church, Frederick Street(next to the Central Bank of The Bahamas). The performance begins at 8:00 p.m. and is estimated at 70 minutes in length. There is no admission charge, however, a collection will be taken for the benefit of the choir.

The program will include mostly popular carols, viz. Twelve Days of Christmas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Deck The Halls, and the like. There are a few classical pieces such as the Bach/Gounod”Ave Maria”and the”Gloria”from the Coronation Mass by Mozart. The evening will conclude with the Nigerian carol B e t e l e h e m u complete with drums and other percussion.

The featured soloists are Lyndin Sands(oboist)of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, and Brandon Roberts(Tenor)an alumnus of the choir.

During 2010 the Bahamas National Youth Choir celebrated the 20th anniversary of its re-establishment(it was actually established in 1983 for the 10th anniversary of Bahamian independence). In celebration of this milestone a number of events were held.

An exhibition of photographs and materials was held at the Central Bank Art Gallery in February, followed by the choir’s 20th Annual Concert Season at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts in March. The choir held a Choral Service of Thanksgiving and Holy Communion at St. Matthew’s Parish in May, followed immediately by a luncheon at SuperClubs Breezes. During July the choir toured Italy and performed, inter alia, at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. In October the choir presented Jamaican pianist Dr. Paul Shaw in a piano recital that featured a work written by the choir’s Founder/Director Cleophas Adderley. The work entitled”Variations on a theme by E. Clement Bethel”was described by Dr. Shaw as”a masterpiece.”

The Choir’s 20th anniversary celebrations concluded with a joint concert with the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra from Rochester, New York directed by Nancy Strelau.

“The Choir has performed for the Rotary Club’s Night of Christmas Music for 21 consecutive Christmas’s, and additionally we have presented a number of private performances of Christmas music,”said Adderley.

“Since we were putting in the hard work anyway, I thought that it would be a good idea to present a Christmas performance that the general public can attend, and as we are subsidized by The Bahamas government to perform free of charge as our gift and expression of gratitude to the Bahamian people,”he added.

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