Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Season of 2 Concerts - "In Holy Songs of Joy!" & "Hold Out Your Light"

A season of two concerts
“Lydians on the Mount – In Holy Songs of Joy!”
“Hold Out Your Light”

2017 marks 38 years of musical accomplishment of The Lydian Singers. Among those years of service in music, the choir has had a long-standing relationship with the Abbey of Our Lady of Exile at Mount St. Benedict.

While the Lydians have had many collaborative concerts with the Abbey over the years, in 2016, a concert series specifically catered to the Abbey was created, entitled, ‘Lydians on The Mount.’ This Advent, on November 26th 2017 at 6:00 p.m., The Lydians will be hosting its 3rd concert of the ‘Lydians on the Mount’ series entitled, “In Holy Songs of Joy!”

In 1991, the Lydians were invited by long-standing Lydian and Bass vocalist, Selwyn Ragoonanan to perform on the Mount. By his account, the first time that former musical director Dr. Pat Bishop (deceased) went to the Mount, she took an immediate liking to the church and fell in love with the acoustic and with its holy serenity, perfect for the lush choral sound of the Lydians.

During this period, we keep our lamps trimmed and burning and the light in our hearts alive with faith. The choir and steel ensemble will celebrate with readings, hymns and songs with joyful anticipation.
On November 26th over 65 singers, steelpan players, drummers and musical accompanists will assemble under the musical direction of Lorraine Granderson and within the holy walls of the Abbey of Our Lady of Exile for “Lydians on The Mount – In Holy Songs of Joy”.

Tickets for Lydians on the Mount – In Holy Songs of Joy are TT$100 and are available from the information booth at Mount St. Benedict, all members of the Lydians and from the Lydians ticket hotlines: 268-9556 and 338-6024.

As the grand finale of the concert season, the Lydians will also present "Hold Out Your Light", a Christmas celebration of light and music! The theme: “Hold Out Your Light” will explore three beacons of light most treasured at Christmas time and will showcase the power of the Lydian choral sound through the Negro Spiritual.

The call to 'Hold Out Your Light' is one inspired by light prevailing over darkness expressed through the iconic example of the abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman, who led hundreds of the enslaved to freedom by the light of her lamp through the underground railroad. These Negro Spiritual songs performed by the Lydians, will speak directly to that hope Tubman gave to many, and, fused with the season of Christmas, the Lydians will celebrate that light to freedom, along with the light of the world – the saviour born in Bethlehem, who gives joy, hope and peace to all.

“Hold Out Your Light” will also feature all the Lydians’ Christmas favourites, including Gospel, Jazz, Parang and Calypso, set to spectacular lighting effects by North Eleven, with Lighting Design by Celia Wells and Set Design by Hybrid Theory Productions’ Dave Cooper. Sound Design will be done by Kino Alvarez and his team with Costume Design by Ian Smith and Claudette Edwards, Choreography by Allison Seepaul and Adele Bynoe, Creative Direction by Wendell Manwarren and Words by Muhammad Muwakil
The Christmas concert will take place at Queen’s Hall from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th December at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday 17th December 2017 at 6:00 p.m. General Admission tickets are $150 with limited Special Reserve seating at $200 and a special Thursday ticket price of $100. TTARP cardholders and Tertiary Education students with I.D. are eligible for Friday night discounts at the Queen’s Hall Box Office (624-1284 Ext 1).

General admission tickets will also be available at
Signature 2000 Limited, Hotel Normandie - 624-2958,
La Tropicale Flower Shoppe, 23A Patna Street, St. James - 628-0769,
Home Land Furnishings, Piarco Plaza - 669-8626/Gulf City Mall - 657-2220,
Got Ya Back Clothing - West Entrance Ground Floor, Long Circular Mall – 376-3987,
All Lydian Members and the Lydians ticket hotline: 268-9556, 338-6024.
For more information please email or visit the Lydian Singers online at

Monday, May 8, 2017

Lydians on the Mount - He Lives! (Easter Concert)


This year, the Lydian Singers marks its 38th anniversary of excellence in music as one of the foremost musical organizations in Trinidad and Tobago and the Lydian Steel marks its 12th Anniversary in steelpan accompaniment and performing distinction. 

Community service is a large part of the Lydians’ mission. The group typically donates several major complimentary (non-paid) performances each year for community organizations in many communities across the country. Past performances have included free performances at Tamarind Square, several locations in Laventille and at countless fundraising concerts for churches and special interest groups. 

In the continued joy of Easter, the Lydian Singers and Steel will host the second edition of its 'Lydians on the Mount' concert series entitled 'He Lives!'. On Sunday 21st May 2017 from 6:00 p.m., against the majestic backdrop of the Northern Range and within the magical acoustics of the Abbey on the Mount, the Lydians will make a joyful noise with voices, steel and instruments celebrating the Risen Saviour, Jesus Christ, The Lord.


Thursday, December 1, 2016


The Lydian Singers & Steel present...

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:

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! 
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Friday, November 13, 2015


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Don't be caught off-beat, make your booking early for THE RHYTHM OF CHRISTMAS email us at

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


For reservations and information email or call 338-6024

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

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.

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


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)