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Sweet sounds of Christmas

High-NoteYou know Christmas is in the air when the people of Barbados are urged to come out in their hundreds, and even thousands, to soak in the music of the Yuletide season at various venues around the island.

You also know it is Christmas when one of those entities sending out such invitations is the Belle Voci Cantanti. So all roads will lead to the St David’s Anglican Church in Christ Church for an evening of Christmas music, presented by the Belle Voci Cantanti on December 6, from 5 p.m.

The catch phrase is “come, sing, enjoy.”

How can anyone miss this event which reflects the beautiful music of the season?

Just in case you’re wondering “who is the Belle Voci Cantanti?”, I have the answer. Formed in December 2012 by graduates of the Barbados Community College (BCC) music programme, it seeks to encourage, promote and enhance the awareness and performance of choral classical music in Barbados, thus ensuring its survival within the local music landscape.

With a complement of 18 singers and an artistic director, the Belle Voci Cantanti specializes in the performance of the following music genres: Classical: Sacred/Religious; works from the Romantic Era; Operatic Negro Spirituals; Broadway Show Music; Folk, etc.

However, the musical competence of the group lends itself to the performance of other select genres, including gospel.

Since its 2012 inaugural performance at a private Christmas function at a West Coast Villa, the Belle Voci Cantanti has been getting  complimentary reviews for its high standard of musicality, as well as its unique tonal quality.

Under the youthful and talented artistic directorship of Keimar Greene, himself a graduate of the BCC’s Music Programme, the group is seeking to introduce its brand of musicality to connoisseurs of the choral compositions of the Works of the Masters.

Greene’s talents are also showcased in his role as organist/choir director of the Holy Innocents Anglican Church, St Thomas.

Showcasing the musical qualities of the group to local, regional and international audiences and heralding the sterling contribution of the BCC’s Music Programme are all part of the raison d’être of the Belle Voci Cantanti.

In other news, the minutes are swiftly ticking away as the much-anticipated Breakthru Independence Gospel Explosion at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium comes closer to its November 29 date.

It’s an event not to miss. Don’t regret not being there for the 6.30 p.m extravaganza that will highlight top acts from the local, regional and international scenes.

One very special segment will be a through-the-years tribute to the late godfather of gospel, Joseph Niles.

Stay tuned. Blessings, and I am outta here.

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