Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Special Greetings from the Vitiers, Cuba.

Some wonderful correspondence received from Silvia and José maría Vitier to The Lydians. Maestro Vitier, his wife and his son visited with the Lydians for Christmas 2010 for the Trinidad and Tobago premier of Vitier's work, "The MISA CUBANA". The Vitiers continue to remain close to the Lydians and the group's musical journey continues into 2012 and beyond.


Queridos Lydian Singers,

Hemos pensado mucho en ustedes, en la ausencia de Pat y sobretodo en los magníficos momentos que pasamos juntos el pasado año. Permanecen en nuestra memoria todos ustedes, la música en las voces trinitarias y el cariño inmenso que nos entregaron.

¿Qué concierto hicieron este año?, cuánto nos hubiera gustado asistir.

Ojalá el próximo año nos traiga el regalo de verlos nuevamente.

Un abrazo muy grande a todos, con el deseo de que encuentren siempre el camino del arte, con el espíritu de Pat en la memoria y en sus corazones.

Muchas Felicidades de sus amigos siempre,

Silvia y José maría

English Translation:

Dearest Lydian Singers,

We have thought a lot about you, about Pat's absence, and especially about those awesome moments that we spent last year. These remain embedded in our memory as well as you all and your beautiful Trini voices along with the tremendous love you showed to us. What concert did you present this year? Oh how we would have loved to attend! Hopefully next year you can offer us the gift of seeing you once more! We send many hugs and kisses to ALL, with the wish that you approach all your musical endeavours with Pat's spirit in your hearts and minds.
Your friends eternally

Silvia and Jose Maria

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cantando GLORIA! Gracias por La Musica!

Cantando GLORIA! Gracias por La Musica!

After four joyous nights of celebration, the Lydians Christmas concert series came to a close last evening (Sunday 11th December 2011) at the Queen's Hall Auditorium.

Through some tears but mostly smiles and happy laughter, the music was propelled to an emotional climax and drawn to a peaceful end through the hard work of singers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, costume designers, caterers, technical crew, support staff and friends.

In this season of joy and giving, the Lydians say a HEARTFELT thank you to all patrons who attended each of the concerts, especially the Gala Concert on Saturday 10th December 2011 in support of Pat's Art, Literature and Music Foundation (The P.A.L.M. Foundation).

The Lydians persevere through this Christmas stronger than ever, and made so by Pat's dedicated and loyal years of service to music and dedication to human excellence. As we close off 2011, we look back with pride and happiness at a well spent year in fellowship and friendship.

We thank you Miss Bishop for your vision, for your drive, for your legacy and for the wonderful years of music!

“We Live!”

Merry Christmas from the Lydians, and a Bright and Prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bravo! Encore!

Due to overwhelming requests, Schubert's 24 song-cycle, "Winterreise" featuring Trinidad and Tobago Tenor, Edward Cumberbatch and Pianist Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch, will be performed again at the Little Carib Theatre on Saturday 10th September 2011. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $150.00 and will be available from the Little Carib from tomorrow (Wednesday 7th September 2011).

Do not miss the opportunity to see this emotionally stirring performance!

About the Story

"Winterreise" is the story of a young traveller.

He arrives in an idyllic village in May. There he befriends a family of mother, father and daughter and is invited to live with them. He falls in love with the daughter and his love is returned, or so he is led to believe. However, the daughter rejects him to marry a wealthy suitor with the approval of her parents. It is now winter and the hero leaves his adopted home in the dead of night, writing a farewell message to his beloved.

As he leaves the town crows shower him with snow from the roofs and he begins a painful journey, constantly tortured by memories of his past happiness. As he leaves the town he is joined by a raven, possibly symbolic of a death wish. Eventually he arrives at another town where it seems that he stays for some time as he writes of the post arriving there.

The cycle ends with a particularly bleak image. An organ-grinder or hurdy-gurdy man has a pitch near the village where he plies his trade ignored by the villagers and harassed by dogs. It is ironic that in this final poem the poet asks if the hurdy-gurdy man will set the poet’s songs to music, an invitation that was ultimately accepted by Schubert.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Winterreise - Success!

Success! The first night of "Winterreise" has been receiving rave reviews! Here is some feedback we've received thus far:


"Stunning concert tonight! Eddie and Lyndiann were of international standard and the dance and colloquial commentary were "juss right".... BRAVISSIMO!!!"


"Is there a superlative to Outstanding??? Eddie!!! Lindy-Ann!!! I'm still high."


"Just came back from "Die Winterreise". It was more than great, I recommend that everyone who missed it tonight tries to catch a ticket for tomorrow "


"Die Winterreise" was lovely! Dr. Bishop, RIP, & i dare say Schubert himself would be proud. Wonderful concept, preparation & delivery in the charming Little Carib Theatre!


Winterreise was FAN-TAS-TIC!!! Eddie Cumberatch, Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch, Wendell Manwarren, Peter Minshal and all those involved did such great work. Sooo happy I went this evening... You should try to catch it if you can tomorrow!


There is only one more opportunity to see this recital concert! Sunday 4th September 2011"Winterreise" featuring Tenor Edward Cumberbatch and Accompanist Lindy-Ann". Tickets for tomorrow afternoon (5:30 pm) are available at the concert venue - The Little Carib Theatre.

Lydians presents ‘Winterreise’ at Little Carib

This weekend the Lydian Singers, in partnership with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, will honour the late Pat Bishop, who until her sudden passing on August 20 was the choir’s musical director, by continuing with plans for two concerts featuring tenor Edward Cumberbatch and pianist Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch.

One of this country’s foremost cultural icons, Dr Patricia Bishop collapsed during a meeting of the Panel of High Level Experts Culture and Creative Arts and died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

The holder of this country’s highest honour, the Trinity Cross (renamed the Order of the Republic of TT), Bishop has been lauded for her work as a musician, painter, historian, media commentator, and cultural activist. She has worked with several steelbands including Renegades, Desperadoes, Exodus, and others, as well as with several musical and cultural groups and organisations.

Cumberbatch and Bodden-Ritch will perform a cycle of songs, “Winterreise” by composer Franz Schubert. The concerts will take place at the Little Carib Theatre, corner White and Roberts streets, Woodbrook tomorrow and Sunday from 5.30 pm on both days.

In the early 19th century, Schubert set to music a narrative poem by his contemporary, Wilhelm Müller, creating the song cycle “Winterreise” (Winter Journey), a sequence of 24 songs for voice and piano. The theme of the story — heartbreak — and the mood — reflection — are as universal as they are timeless. Imaginative interpretation and performance are the means by which classical works are made fresh and new to audiences over time and place.

The performance will be enlivened by dance, choreographed by Patricia Roe of the Caribbean School of Dancing, and featuring Allison Seepaul and Mondira Balkaransingh.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Memorial Service for Pat Bishop and "Winterreise"

Dear Friends in Music,

A Memorial ceremony for Dr. Pat Bishop will be held this Sunday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port of Spain. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. Performances from the Lydians, Lydian soloists, and other musicians who were touched by her great work will be done. Inquiries can be sent to thelydiansingers@yahoo.com.

The Lydians in partnership with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany look forward to honouring Pat in continuing plans made for two concerts featuring Edward Cumberbatch (Tenor) and Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch (Pianist), who will perform a cycle of songs, "Winterreise" by Shubert. The concerts will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2011 (times to be confirmed). Tickets are $150.00 and are available from all members of the Lydians and at the Little Carib Box Office, Signature Collection Normandie Hotel, and La Tropicale Flower Shop.

This performance is sponsored by the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC).

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Tribute to Pat Bishop's life with the Lydians

As a tribute to Dr. Bishop's life with the Lydians, please have a look at the following photo gallery:


An excerpt from the resume of Dr. Pat Bishop (2005, page 15)...


1. That my fellow country men may find their place in the sun...though that seems now, to be so remote as to be impossible.

2. To retire as soon as possible to a life of books and reading, painting, playing other people's music privately and meeting a few friends from time to time for some talk over good food and a little wine.

3. Not to have to deal with money at all.

4. To be able to believe more fully, with Julian of Norwich, that "all shall be well and all shall be well and al manner of thing shall be well".

5. To be able to leave this world, and soon, with serenity and a quiet mind.

Dr. Patricia Allison Bishop, (1940 - 2011)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The passing of Dr. Pat Bishop.

(Photo: Pat Bishop and Ray Holman rehearse for "A Carnival Callalloo" 2011)

It is with great sadness and deep regret that we inform all Lydians family in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad of the passing of Dr. Pat Bishop today. More information will be posted as soon as it is received.

More about the late Dr. Pat Bishop

Friday, January 7, 2011


A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR, From The Lydians!

As 2011 begins, the Lydians give thanks for another year of music and performance. On January 9th, the Lydians complete the final concert of the MISA CUBANA series at The Abbey on Mount St. Benedict, Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago.

Mount St. Benedict is the home of the Benedictine monks who live and work in Trinidad and Tobago. They follow a way of life that traces its roots to St. Benedict of Norcia who was born in Italy in the year 480. This concert is being done in aid of the Benedictine monks and the restoration of the church. More on Mount St. Benedict here: http://www.paxabbey.com/

Tickets cost TT$100.00 and are available at the church office up on the mount (662-5286). Space is limited so book your tickets soon!