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‘Glorious!’ at the Mount

Flashback: Musical Director, Lorraine Granderson (left), pianist Sean Sadaphal and The Lydians at their November concert ‘Lydians on the Mount: In Holy Songs of Joy!’ Photo: Elmo Griffith

Following resounding success in capturing more than ten championship trophies at last month’s T&T Music Festival, The Lydians head once again to the majestic setting of The Abbey of Our Lady of Exile, Mt St Benedict for a fundraising concert in aid of the church.

Entitled, ‘Lydians on the Mount – Glorious!’, this fourth edition of the choir’s collaboration with the abbey continues the celebration of Easter featuring the Lydian Singers and Steel today from 6 p.m. Within the magical acoustics of the Abbey on the Mount, the Lydians will make a joyful noise with voices, steel and instruments celebrating the Risen Saviour, Jesus Christ.

With this fundraising effort, the Lydians continue to offer its community music ministry to support the abbey in its efforts to restore the holy site and continue its mission.

‘Lydians on the Mount – Glorious!’ will be inspired by two verses; 1 Corinthians 10:31— “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” and 2 Corinthians 4:6— “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”

The concert will feature both prayerful and fanfare choral works and will include a special selection of 2018 T&T Music Festival performances including championship winners Alliyah Boland, Janine Charles-Farray, Kory Mendez, the Lydian Ladies and Lydian Men’s choirs. Genres to be offered will include operatic arias, Gospel and powerful Negro Spirituals including ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed’ passionately performed by tenor soloist David Williams backed by the full choir, all under the musical direction of Lorraine Granderson.

The choir will be accompanied by the Lydian African drummers, Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch and Myrtle Cumberbatch on keyboards, and Lydian Steel led by co-Captains Tonya King and Astra Noel. Sound will be provided by Kino Alvarez.

A section of folk, calypso and a local original composition by John Jacob with the Lydians will also be featured along with the fanfare concert signature piece, ‘Glorious Everlasting’ by Cousins.

Tickets for ‘Lydians on the Mount – Glorious!’ are TT$150 and are available from all Lydian members and from the Information Booth at Mt St Benedict. For reservations call: 268-9556/338- 6024 or email thelydiansingers@yahoo.com. Parking is available in the church yard.