Friday, July 1, 2011

UWI SINGERS TOURS BELIZE-MEXICO FIRST TIME

After months of preparations, Belizeans and visitors alike will get a rare musical treat; the world renowned UWI Singers out of Mona, Jamaica, comes to Belize for the first time for five spectacular concerts. It’s the Belize-Mexico Tour titled From Mozart to Marley, July 7-13, 2011.

The 30-strong choir descends on Belize via the resort City of Can Cun in neighboring Mexico where they stage their very first performance at the Casa de La Cultura, on July 7. Their voices will reverberate next door in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, at the Teatro Constituyentes Del’74 for performance number two, on July 8.

The talented troupe of singers journeys to Belize City for their debut performance at the Bliss- Centre for the Performing Arts on July 9 at 8:00P.M. They hit the road again, the following day for the George Price Centre on Sunday, July 10 for an early concert at 6:00P.M.in Belmopan. On Monday, July 11 at 7:00P.M.  it’s the grand finale for the Caribbean’s leading Choral group as they put on a Benefit show for Wesley Methodist Church. Tickets for all Belize concerts can be bought at the Bliss and at the George Price Centre. 

UWI Singers’- 50 Plus Years of Harmony:
The University Singers which has been hitting all the high notes for more than half a century, has a remarkable repertoire which includes, but is not limited to Jazz, Negro Spirituals, Folk, African, Caribbean and Gospel. They also have a few original pieces under their belt.

It’s fitting that this first ever tour of Belize is being held under the Distinguished Patronage of the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, as in the late 1950s early 60s, he directed the Singers while at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, Belize is co-ordinating the tour with the aid of a planning committee.

During their tour in Belize, the UWI Singers will give back to a fellow Caribbean nation by hosting a one-time workshop for primary school choirs. The Singers’ musical genres will help young Belizean choristers to enhance their breathing techniques, expand their vocal ranges and further polish their ability to harmonize as a group. Aware that when students are exposed to such a remarkable level of musicianship, it inspires them as young singers as much as it adds to their musical experience.

By Ann-Marie Williams 

2 comments:

Frank said...

Sounds awesome! As a life long choir singer I appreciate beautiful music!

Frank

Anonymous said...

Hey, the UWI Concerts will be smashing. It's a great way for Belize to be on the Caribbean map. Afterall, it's not American--BET. It's a way to connect to our Caribbean roots. A 30-strong choir never set foot here yet! Blessings. The Singers are excellent!