“For a choir, there is nothing more inspiring than performing in breathtaking surroundings, to an appreciative audience” Halsbury Music Team
The young and talented Madrigals choir group traveled from California to Saint Lucia in April and captivated the hearts and minds of all Saint Lucians who were fortunate to listen to their melodious voices and witnessed their interactive style. The group participated in a number of educational workshops, musical exchanges with local musicians and cross cultural performances with local community choirs.
One of the most spectacular events was staged at the newly opened Greenwood Terrace where they stunned renowned guitarist Ronald “Boo” Hinkson with cultural renditions in Creole and eagerly listened as he shared his knowledge, sang and played his guitar. “Boo” listened to the choir in sheer amazement as they joyfully sang “Estephan, the Banjo Man” a much loved Creole St. Lucian folk song. The group explored the garden and was fascinated by the artifacts in the mini museum which traced life on the island in days gone by. They loved the traditional herb garden, the various fruits and island “tits and bits”.
The melodious presentation at the Castries Market is still the talk of the town today. Vendors and Passers By all stood still and were astounded and stunned by the harmony in their voices but amused by their Creole renditions.
This once in a lifetime escapade was musically expansive for the group as they were able to interact with popular musicians from the island. and concerts were held at the Bay Walk Mall, The St. Joseph The Worker Church in Gros Islet, Anse La Raye Village Square and the Catholic Church in Soufriere. The group also visited the Sulphur Springs in the Drive In Volcano and they were mesmerized by the majestic Twin Peaks, The Pitons and the wide variety of tropical flowers in the Diamond Botanical Gardens. The group thanked all persons they met during their visit and remarked that the warmth hospitality which they experienced during their visit made it a truly memorable one.
About The Madrigals
The Madrigals Choir founded in 1998, is a mixed group of students from the 9th to 12th grade who perform a variety of musical styles ranging from Renaissance to Contemporary Pop Songs. The singers are selected for their musical aptitude, hard work ethic and desire to participate enthusiastically within the group. The Madrigals travel internationally annually partaking in choral festivals, performances and tours. Some of the locations which they have visited include: Brazil, France, Iceland, Italy, Costa Rica and Ireland.