Thursday, December 1, 2016

A CHRISTMAS CALABASH! (2016)

The Lydian Singers & Steel present...
A CHRISTMAS CALABASH!

Explore the season of Christmas and togetherness through the folkloric symbol of a Calabash - a Christmas Calabash!

This Christmas, The Lydians will gather around the ‘Christmas Calabash’ as a musical family to perform a range of traditional and newly composed original selections. The concert will take place from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th December 2016 at the Queen’s Hall Auditorium with tickets at TT$200 and several discount specials available for seniors and junior patrons.


TTARP card holders have access to a $25.00 discount on tickets for the Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of December concerts, on presentation of their membership cards and national identification card. All tertiary-level education students have a chance to see the Thursday 15th show at a TT$175 ticket price on presentation of a valid student I.D. All ticket promotions are available from the Queen’s Hall Box Office only.

Through song, steel and dance, The Lydians will tell the story of ‘Mary and the Golden Calabash’. As the story unfolds, audience members will be invited to gather together in music as The Lydians sing joyfully of the birth of the Christ child. The concert will follow a creolized reimagining of the journey of The Virgin Mary from the holy cradle to the rushing river side, where a community will gather together in celebration to laugh, sing and have a ball in celebration of the saviour's arrival.

For 'A Christmas Calabash', an excerpt from the salsa mass, the Missa Salsera will be performed, along with a special Lydian Steel performance of the samba-themed Brazilian Sleigh bells.  Original music composed and arranged for the full choir, soloists and ensembles will be premiered this year from Lydian Steel member and composer Astra Noel, eccentric Jazz arranger Mark Brewster, Tobagonian Folk and Calypso arranger John Jacob, young San Fernando composer Michael Hudlin and Gospel singer/songwriter Candice Caton, along with excerpts from the works of Tchesnokoff, Handel and Bach.

 The second half of the concert will feature a Parang medley and a series of traditional Parang, French Creole ‘Creche’ songs, Calypso and Soca Parang favourites at the river side with fantastic set design by Gillian Bishop and costuming by Claudette Edwards inspired by the Peter Minshall mas band of 1983 entitled 'River'.

The grand finale of the show, will sweep audiences into the traditional season favourites and standards along with the Hallelujah Chorus with Tassa drums and a never-before seen surprise ending, proclaiming the greatness of God. Filled with the magic of music, the golden calabash is a symbol of unity that will be poured out to bring joy and return peace and community love to the land. May this season of the Christmas Calabash bring joy and perspective and happiness for the new year!

Venue: Queen's Hall Auditorium, Port of Spain
Dates: Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th December 2016
Times to be announced

Tickets are currently available from The Queen’s Hall Box Office (624-4281 Ext1), Signature 2000, Hotel Normandie (624-2958), La Tropical Flower Shop, Patna Street St. James (628-0769), Home Land Furnishings | Fabric Land - Piarco Plaza, Piarco (669-8626) -Gulf City Mall, La Romaine (657-2220), High Street an Fernando (657-0178) and all members of the Lydians or by calling the ticket hotlines: 338-602 or 268-9556. All other inquiries: thelydiansingers@yahoo.com

Lydians on The Mount - a resounding success!



The Lydians celebrated the beginning of the Advent season with a special performance up at Mount St. Benedict in St. Augustine entitled, "Lydians on the Mount."

The choir shared an evening of inspirational songs, hymns and readings with a packed audience of patrons and well wishers. At the concert, the choir rededicated itself to its Mission by the recitation of the Lydians Mission Statement, and received a special blessing from The Right Rev. Abbot John Pereira.

Photos courtesy Carla Roach.

Sold out audience for The Lydians on the Mount!

Official Artwork for The Lydians on the Mount

Sold out audience for The Lydians on the Mount!

Monday, December 21, 2015

TV Broadcast of The Rhythm of Christmas (Lydians 2015)



The TV broadcast of The Lydians Christmas 2015 presentation airs on CNMG/CTV TONIGHT, Monday 21st December 2015 at 8 PM sharp!

Be sure to tune in! 
Watch the online stream from wherever you are in the world here: http://goo.gl/9Y4LDM

Watch online stream: http://goo.gl/9Y4LDM

Friday, November 13, 2015

THE RHYTHM OF CHRISTMAS - Lydians 2015

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Don't be caught off-beat, make your booking early for THE RHYTHM OF CHRISTMAS email us at thelydiansingers.pr@gmail.com

• SHOW TIMES 
Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th @ 7:30pm; 
Sunday 13th @ 6:00pm.

• TICKETS
$200.00

For reservations and information email thelydiansingers.pr@gmail.com or call 338-6024

Tickets will be on sale soon at -
Queen's Hall Box office (624-1284) or online:www.queenshalltt.com
Signature 2000, Hotel Normandie (624-2958)
La Tropicale Flower Shop, Patna Street, St. James (628-0769)
and from all Lydian members.

• ABOUT THE SHOW
The Rhythm of Christmas - a feeling, an idea, a beginning, and an ending. Joyous to some, yet to others sorrow. Its coming has visible presence, yet itself like wind – felt and invisible. Musically, it may be likened to a very long phrase line on a sheet of music with notes, dynamic markings and tempo indications all resting underneath, all waiting to express themselves.

The ‘scrip - scrips’ of linens and curtains being washed with vigorous care, the scrape of brooms and rakes on pavement and flooring as lime is mixed to adorn posts, palms and other unsuspecting trees with their white socks of the season. The sweet smell of Pastelles thick in the kitchen, as the clang and scrape of pots warn you to admire from a distance.

The Rhythm of Christmas means different things to different people. Usually its beginnings can be felt around mid September when "the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder." As it develops, many things fall into place: the music (carols, parang), the shopping, the cleaning - all underpinning the annual festival when Christians journey spiritually towards the grand crescendo of the Rhythm - the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

For the Lydians (Singers and Steel), our annual Christmas concert has become recognised as one component of this Rhythm, and this year we also mark the 20th anniversary of the Lydian Steel in this celebration.

The programme will explore the theme of Christmas and the different styles we all use to represent the various aspects of The Rhythm. We travel through traditional carols in the classical style, the infusion of Jazz, Salsa, Parang and Soca beats. We pay respects to the composers of the Baroque (Handel, Vivaldi) and Romantic (Borodin) eras of music, borrowing their syncopations and shouts, as we blend and infuse their works with the verve and vitality of our own local present-day composers. Accented and support by the Steelpan, African and Tassa drums and dramatized with the dance, the Rhythm is a full , engaging experience, a swizzled, steamed and well-seasoned programme.

• STAY IN TOUCH
To get the latest updates like our facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/TheLydiansTT or to join our mailing list email us at thelydiansingers@yahoo.com

Stay tuned, SPREAD THE WORD, and see you soon!

#TheRhythmOfChristmas
#TheLydianSingers
#LydianChristmas2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Christmas Rehearsals Begin!



Calling all Trinbagonians with a love of singing and dedication to the cause of music! NO AUDITIONS required!

A Celebration of Voices & Steel at Christmas 2015!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year approaches with the annual Lydians Christmas concert 2015! This year the Lydian Steel Ensemble celebrates 20 years of excellence in music accompanied by the Lydians Voices.... and maybe just a little JAZZ!
The season begins with the first Choir Rehearsal (tomorrow) Monday 14th September, 7:00 pm at the Jubilee Hall, Bishop Anstey High School, Port of Spain (Keate Street entrance, Opposite NAPA).


Some Highlights from our last production, "Great Gettin' Up Mornin'!" (August 2015)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

GREAT GETTIN' UP MORNIN' Jubilee Concert Series 2015!

THE LYDIAN SINGERS invite you to.... GREAT GETTIN' UP MORNIN' Jubilee Concert Series 2015!

We invite you all to pre-order your tickets for this amazing show and secure your place in the pew! For bookings please call (868) 338-6024 or email thelydiansingers.pr@gmail.com










• ABOUT THE SHOW
Our 2015 Jubilee Concert series - Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’ – is a programme of spirituals in a moving, soulful and engaging show in two halves. Showcasing audience favourites as well as newly unearthed works and voices, the show promises to deliver an uplifting presentation of solo, ensemble and instrumental renditions of the songs that have been loved universally as timeless wellsprings of comfort, hope and faith. 

There is no better venue to perform these amazing musical 'gems' than at places of worship. Space is LIMITED, so we encourage you to make your bookings early! 

• TICKETS
Tickets for adults are $200, with discounted tickets for students, children & seniors (65^): $150* (*valid national/student ID is required for all discounted tickets as applicable).

We invite you all to pre-order your tickets for this amazing show and secure your place in the pew! For bookings please call (868) 338-6024 or email thelydiansingers.pr@gmail.com

• STAY IN TOUCH
To get the latest updates like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheLydiansTT or to join our mailing list email us at thelydiansingers@yahoo.com

Stay tuned, SPREAD THE WORD, and see you soon!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Lydians: "A Magic Christmas Voyage" (2014)





            Dear Friend in Music!

Greetings!      

 
It’s that time of year when we at The Lydians are preparing for our Christmas Concert Season. Our choir always looks forward to performing for you at Christmas time. 

We are “Christmas people!”, and we embrace all the best that is Christmas…..the food, the decorations, the presents, the love and fellowship but most of all, the Music!

This season, at the Queens Hall Auditorium Port-of-Spain, The Lydians will take you on "A Magic Christmas Voyage" around the world, to celebrate the universal story of joy and hope, peace and goodwill in a wide range of cultural traditions. 


The story will be told through an Arabic chant, a First People’s carol, Betelehemu in Yoruba, excerpts from the Argentinian Navidad Nuestra and a Puerto Rican Mass; a Marian segment, as well as Chinese, French, German and Brazilian carols. Expect a stage set that highlights iconic aspects of the birth of Christ including richly costumed Magi.

So, to you, our treasured supporters, lovers of music and friends, support “A Magic Christmas Voyage” at Queens Hall by being with us in the audience to enjoy what promises to be a very exciting season.

Remember dates and times are:


THURSDAY- Dec 11,  7.30pm
FRIDAY-Dec 12, 7.30pm
SATURDAY-Dec 13, 6.00pm
SUNDAY-Dec 14, 6.00pm
 
Tickets are $200 and are already in the following outlets:

Signature 2000, Hotel Normandie, Tel 624-2958
La Tropicale Flower Shop, St James, Tel 628-0768
Queen’s Hall Box Office (from November 12, 2014)
...and All Lydian members.


Call and book your tickets now at our Ticket hotline: 687-9071, as the popular nights go very quickly!

Yours in Love & Music,
The Lydians
Visit us at our website: http://www.thelydianstt.com