ST JOHN’S, Antigua – It was a musical journey through time – a concert called “Timeless Classics” which featured singing, music from the organ and steel pan orchestra – the inaugural outing of The Classical Singers of Antigua & Barbuda (CSAB).
Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, attended the July 8 event at Springs Gardens Moravian Church, held under the patronage of Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack.
And for many, the programme that featured songs composed between the 18th and 19th centuries, did not disappoint.
The 20-member group, which on Sunday marked six months and two days since its formation (this was announced with a measure of pride), performed more than a dozen pieces such as Cesar Frank’s Make me a channel of your peace, William Maher’s Soul of my Saviour, and Richard Wagner’s Bridal Chorus.
One of the highlights of the evening was a solo presentation by Faye Edwards, who has been described by noted Antiguan Dr Foster Hill, a professional organist, as “one of the top soloists in Antigua who is blessed with a very good pair of lungs, and who doesn’t need a mic to blow your head off.”
Her delivery of Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion by Messiah GF Handel, hit all the right notes, and – at the end – received thunderous applause by those in attendance.
Another solo performance, which had the attendees transfixed, was by Dr Hill, who performed a Bach composition, playing 528 notes, very quickly, on the pedals. At one point, he said, he was actually tap dancing on the pedals, though he was seated.
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