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UWI Arts Chorale and National Sinfonia Orchestra present ĎA Ceremony of Carolsí

For Release Upon Receipt - November 30, 2010

St. Augustine

The UWI Arts Chorale, along with the National Sinfonia Orchestra, will give the first complete performance in Trinidad of Benjamin Britten’s celebrated Christmas classic: A Ceremony of Carols – a full length work for choir and harp. The concert will occur on Saturday December 4th at Daaga Auditorium on The UWI St Augustine Campus at 7.30pm, and Sunday December 12th at St Paul’s Anglican Church in San Fernando at 5pm.

Madame Mireille Delon, a French professional harpist now retired to Martinique, will journey to Trinidad to join the eighty-voiced Chorale in the performance of this piece which will feature Chorale soloists as well.  Madame Delon is interested in setting up harp lessons for residents of Trinidad and Tobago and while resident here, will partner with members of the Orchestra to solicit candidates for tutorship. The Chorale, fresh from their cameo performance at the Neal and Massy All Stars 75th Anniversary at NAPA, will provide other works as well from France and Haiti.

Madame Delon will join the Sinfonia for works by French composers, including Saint-Saëns’ ever popular Danse Macabre with concertmaster Kesica Brewster playing violin solo, Bizet’s Farandole and Fauré’s haunting  Sicilliene.

Soloists of the UWI STeel will perform at the concert and the entire UWI STeel will perform the popular Christmas Festival and bring the concert to a dramatic climax when it joins the Chorale and Orchestra for a rousing finale.

Tickets are priced at $125 each and are available at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts on Gordon and Agostini Streets, St Augustine, and St Paul’s Anglican Church in San Fernando.  For more information, email or call 743-0841 or 398-8576.

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