Mosaic for a purpose

Come this weekend, current and former students of Harrison College will stage the annual musical production, Mosaic.

The two-night event, which will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall under the patronage of Sir Trevor Carmichael, is also a fundraiser for culture and sporting activities at the school.

Chair of the Mosaic committee, Ayo Burrowes, told Barbados TODAY the public can expect “two brilliant shows” this weekend.

 The headliner for Saturday’s show is Cover Drive, and the line-up includes Quissa and Harrison College bands and artistes.

Sunday evening will see performances from Rosemary Phillips, 2 Mile Hill, and Smokey Burke and Friends. There will also be performances by AdonijahPJ, Adrian Green, Kid Site, and Black Pawn.

Local songstress Rosemary Phillips will perform on Sunday evening.
Members of the band at rehearsal.

On both nights there will be tributes to former committee member, the late Adrian ‘Boo’ Husbands, who died in January.

“While we’re really excited about the show, it’s still a sad moment for us because he’s no longer here and he would have started with us. The name Mosaic was one that he coined in the initial stages four years ago,” Burrowes said.

Mosaic, now into its fourth year, was the brainchild of president of the Parent-Teachers Association David Weatherhead, who wanted to assist students who could not afford to pay to play an instrument.

“That’s been something that we experienced in the 70s under Janice Millington, where we had free tuition for musical instruments. And in this economic climate where the government is no longer giving us a subvention for those sort of things, this series of concerts certainly contribute to running the music programme at Harrison College,” said PTA and Mosaic committee spokesman Ian Best.

Former Harrisonian Adonijah is looking forward to this weekend’s show. He told Barbados TODAY he has enjoyed the collaboration between the two generations as they prepare for the production.

“I think it’s beautiful to see guys who’ve been around for 30, 40 years actually playing music and making music with guys who are in their teens…. It’s one way of making sure that there’s that continuity. Music really has no generation gap; some people seem to think so but that’s one way of proving that it doesn’t,” he said.

Third formers Aren Spencer, Nyasha Browne and Lael Charles will be serving as volunteers at the show, as part of the compulsory Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC).

Browne, who is a member of the foreign language club, said the show highlights the wealth of talent at the school.

Spencer and Charles, meanwhile, said it is important that fund raising activities are held, as the students of the various clubs and organizations need the assistance. 

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