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Sound and spirit of Christmas

The “hills” of Ilaro Court were alive with the sound of Christmas music and the glow of thousands of flickering candles.

Barbadians and visitors descended with their families on the official residence of the Prime Minister yesterday for this year’s Carols By Candlelight, an annual event held by the Rotaract Club of Barbados. They all came to enjoy beautiful Christmas music, while giving to a worthy cause; and they were not disappointed.

This volunteer was on hand giving out the candles to patrons as they walked in.

This volunteer was on hand giving out the candles to patrons as they walked in.

Acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy, in his remarks to patrons, said that was his first time attending the event in the 19 years it had been held and he was thoroughly enjoying himself. Sealy saluted the Rotaract Club of Barbados for the charitable work it continued to do and charged those present to use the club as an example. He also brought greetings from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart who is currently in Cuba.

Entertainment was provided by the Suzuki Violin Group, which is a ensemble of children from four years old. These children learn to play the violin by ear rather than by sheet music.

Suzuki Violin Group entertaining the crowd.

Suzuki Violin Group entertaining the crowd.

They entertained the audience with popular Christmas hits like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Carol Of The Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

The Mustard Seed Kids are a staple at Carols By Candlelight, with performances that bring laughter and huge rounds of applause, and this year was no different. They were joined on stage by reigning Sweet Soca Monarch Biggie Irie for a performance of Okwagala Kwe, which in the language of Uganda means His Love.

Suzuki Violin Group entertaining the crowd.

Suzuki Violin Group entertaining the crowd.

Biggie returned to the stage later to perform Little Drummer Boy and Give A Little Love On Christmas Day, which had the crowd on their feet anddancing along.

The band Brass Soul closed the show, featuring Tamara Marshall, Keisha Christian and Smokey Burke. They too performed popular Christmas tunes that had the crowd singing along. They also invited some children onstage in songs like Deck The Halls and The First Noel.

Other performances included a cappella group G-Syndiate, who left the crowd in stitches with a hilarious take on The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Alan Sheppard of Spice & Co. fame took to the stage with his piano, thrilling the audience with his impressive vocals.

He was joined on stage by his 14-year-old daughter Jasmine Rose for a rendition of the Disney movie Frozen hit song Let It Go.

The presence of Derek Fields, a fixture at Carols By Candlelight, was sorely missed by regular patrons. Every year his renditions of Glory To God In The Highest Heaven, The Virgin Mary and Feliz Navidad are always crowd pleasers. Despite his absence, the evening was still an enjoyable one, filling all present with the spirit of Christmas.

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