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The Diocesan Chorale of The Bahamas 2015 UK Tour

Forty-two years ago, Andrew R Curry recognised a group of talented singers from the Catholic parishes in New Providence, The Bahamas and shared his vision to uplift music in the community. Mr Curry along with Messrs Anthony Gibson, Wenzel Lightbourne, Adrian Russell and Randolph Swaby made this dream a reality.

The Diocesan Chorale participated with other community choirs in July 1973 for the Bahamas independence celebrations when for the first time the Bahamian Flag was raised.  A year later, the Chorale made its official debut with a concert at St Mary’s Hall, St Augustine’s College, New Providence.  The theme for the occasion was “The Master of Song”, and conducted under the direction of the late Mr Curry.

In December 1977, the Chorale staged the Christmas cantata, “Night of Miracles” on ZNS TV-13, the national television station for The Bahamas.  This performance was well received by viewers and subsequently won an award from the television station.

Over the years, The Diocesan Chorale  has performed at many local functions including the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band Christmas concerts, the West Rotary Club, Nassau Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach yuletide concerts, the Governor General’s annual Christmas concerts, Esso Bahamas Limited Children’s Christmas Bash, British Colonial Hotel and the Nassau Beach Hotel Yuletide Happy Hours, the Lyford Cay Club Christmas Party, the opening of the Golden Gates Shopping Centre and several performances at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Centre, Lyford Cay.

This group of approximately forty (40) non-denominational committed singers in 1998 highlighted a number of talented Bahamians, whose work will be written on the pages of ‘our history’ of Bahamian music, under the theme, “A Celebration of Bahamian Composers”.  Some of the composers were present and were given the opportunity to conduct this great choir in the presentation of their compositions.

In May 2000, The Diocesan Chorale, the Nassau Renaissance Singers and the Bahamas Concert Orchestra presented “Handel’s Messiah” under the auspices of Their Excellencies, The Governor General Sir Orville and the late Lady Turnquest.

The Chorale has represented The Bahamas abroad on countless occasions including performances at the United Nation Headquarters in New York City, the Reagan Centre in Washington, D.C. as well as performances in Toronto and Niagara Falls, Canada.

However, the crowning glory of the Chorale’s concert tours was the UK Tour in July 2003 as part of the 30th anniversary independence celebrations for The Bahamas. There were performances at Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral and the Grosvenor Chapel Mayfair as well as radio and TV appearances. The Chorale woke England up to the sounds and hypnotic rhythms of Calypso and Goombay, but also had time to relax and enjoy many aspects of the rich British cultural heritage.

On the occasion of Sojourner- Douglass College’s 20th Anniversary in The Bahamas in 2008, The Diocesan Chorale presented a concert as a tribute to the memory of Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, two great African American abolitionists and human rights activists whose legacy was the inspiration for the mission and mandate of Sojourner-Douglass College.

In 2012, the Chorale returned to Canada with performances in Montreal and Ottawa. A warm response has always greeted the choir whenever they travelled to Canada, a country that shares the world’s longest land border with the USA.

The Diocesan Chorale not only sings for the enjoyment of their listeners but they also reach out into the community to help where the need arises with donations to many charitable institutions. Proceeds from two special performances were given to the Aids Foundation and the Cancer Society of The Bahamas.

This organisation of professional men and women find much pleasure and fulfilment in performing for others giving thanks and glory to God for they know that it is He who has blessed them with the talent to sing.  Moreover, the ability to commit and continue bringing enjoyment to others is also an integral part of The Diocesan Chorale’s vision in keeping alive the dream Mr Curry and others made a reality over four decades ago.

The Diocesan Chorale has entertained audiences with their outstanding performances over the years and continues to perform under the direction of Messrs Demetrius Delancy and Tyrone Miller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Franz Hepburn

Mob: 07818 064214

Email: franzhepburn@gmail.com