Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Celebrating 35 years of excellence with The Lydians!



Dear Friends in Music!

2014 is upon us and The Lydians with the generous sponsorship of the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago look forward to inviting you to celebrate our 35th anniversary in the New Year! 

Already, we have begun to plan a season of activities which is shaping up to include the most fun you will -ever- have on the upcoming Carnival Boat Ride "Handle It", something special from the Lydian Steel Ensemble in concert, a long-overdue feature of four budding soloists and possibly another major work by the choir!

Christmas 2014 is also in the works (already!) with an exciting line-up of debut music. For more updates and information on the joyful celebration of 35 years in music, stay tuned to this page! You can also subscribe to the Official Lydians Youtube channel, which hosts many videos worth exploring here:http://www.youtube.com/user/TheLydians

Finally, from all of us to all of you, Have a safe and prosperous NEW YEAR! 



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Compliments of the Season!

Compliments of the Season! :-)
from the management and members of The Lydians!

In 2014, we celebrate our 35th anniversary in Music and as a performing choir in Trinidad and Tobago. Stay tuned to this blog and to our website (www.thelydianstt.com) for information on how you can get involved with the celebration!


More video excerpts from 'Christmas - A Season of Love' will be uploaded on the Lydians official Youtube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheLydians

Video highlights available to date:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLi-95RxAIUNRuNYMlD6G0rpfSDURkLTpg


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Lydians Christmas concert comes to TV6!

The Lydians Christmas concert comes to TV6!

"Seasons of Love" performed by a small section of Lydians

After a successful run of concerts at the Queen's Hall auditorium from the 12th to 15th December, the Lydians' "Christmas - A Season of Love" will be broadcast on TV6 this Thursday 19th December and again on Christmas Eve 24th December 2013 on CCN TV6!

On these two evenings, the Lydians live performances will incorporate a variety of traditional Christmas carols, Jazz, Classical music, Steelpan, African and Tassa Drums, Dancing, Parang and spectacular set design pieces, which will be beamed via television into thousands of households across the nation.

Confirmed air dates and times on TV6:
Thursday 19th December 2013 - 8:00 pm to 10 pm
Tuesday 24th December 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 p.m.

The theme of hearts in the concert will take the audience through four musical transitions - ‘The Broken Heart' representing the troubled but lifted spirit of those who may have faced challenges in 2013; The Holy Heart which will be a tribute to the mother of Christ, the Holy Mary; The Festive Heart will be a 100% ‘Trini’ Christmas segment; and the finale, The Joyful Heart, will be the joyous expression of Love at Christmas time!

Other featured creative collaborators will include the musical duo, Freetown Collective, comprising Lou Lyons and Muhammad Muwakil and the students of the QRC Chorale. For more information on the TV6 broadcast of The Lydians' "Christmas -  a Season of Love!" visit www.thelydianstt.com or The Lydians on Facebook.com.

The Lydians
http://www.thelydianstt.com
thelydiansingers@yahoo.com

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Weekend tickets Sold Out!

Hello everyone, this is a notice to confirm that tickets for this weekend's concerts, Christmas - A Season of Love by The Lydians are sold out. For our die hard fans, people may return tickets tonight and Sunday night at the door/box office, so you may wish to try later this evening and Sunday.

Thank you all for your patronage and support in this season of love!

Opening Night Success! Thursday 12th December 2013 at Queen's Hall

What a wonderful first two nights of shows! Here are some photo highlights...

Steven Yearwood sings 'Cantando Gloria' in the vibrant Parang section.
Muhammad Muwakil and Lou Lyons sing 'Jerusalem' with The Lydians
The QRC Chorale sing to The Holy Maria in the Ave Maria/I Believe
A cross section of Lydians!
The 'Festive Heart' segment of the programme - Parang Parang!

All Photos courtesy Buzz.tt| Kwesi Marcano





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Journey of Four Hearts in A Season of Love




·        The Lydian Singers and Steel present their Christmas concert, "Christmas - A Season of Love!"
·        Venue: Queen’s Hall auditorium
·        Dates: from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th December
·        Time: at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Sunday 15th - 6:30pm
·        Tickets available from
          Signature 2000 at The Market, Hotel Normandie (624-2958)
·        La Tropicale Flower Shop, 23A Patna Street, St. James (628-0769)
·        Queen's Hall Box Office [from 1st Dec] (621-5103 Ext 1)
          All Lydian Members (Hotline: 295-3940)
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      EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Early- bird tickets for Thursday and Friday performances only on sale from November 20th to November - 27th at $150 per ticket, only available at the Signature 2000 and La Tropicale Flower shop.

A heart is commonly considered the universal symbol of love. This Christmas, The Lydians’ programme, using the motif of hearts, will take the audience through four musical transitions - ‘The Broken Heart' representing the troubled but lifted spirit of those who may have faced challenges in 2013; The Holy Heart will be a tribute to the mother of Christ, the Holy Mary; The Festive Heart will be a 100% ‘Trini’ Christmas segment; and the finale, The Joyful Heart, will be the joyous expression of Love at Christmas time!

The Lydian Steel Ensemble will be featured performing the George Philipp Telemann Overture in E Minor in their signature Baroque style and will also accompany the choir's many Christmas performance favourites. Astra Noel, Cello pannist with the Lydian Steel will also debut two eagerly awaited song compositions, "Await That Star" and "All I want for Christmas, Is a Pan Man".

Our highly- cherished guest conductors, Victor Prescod and Lorraine Granderson, have been working with the choir over the last few months. Our faithful accompanist is Lindy- Ann Bodden- Ritch. A special arrangement of Relator's "Let's Be Friends" and Parang choruses will be led by noted local composer John Jacob. Also featured will be "At Christmas Your Heart Goes Home" specifically custom-arranged for the Lydians by Sian Carlin(dec.) and written by local song composer Everard Leon.

The Lydians tradition of collaborations continues with a first-time performance of the musical duo, Freetown Collective, comprising Lou Lyons and Muhammad Muwakil. Muwakil, who was first introduced to a Lydian audience by former musical director Dr. Pat Bishop(dec.), will also voice the narration for the programme, taking the audience through the four transitions of the Hearts. The Lydian family expands even further with the collaboration of the Lydian Men with the QRC Chorale for a spectacular combined, all-male chorus of the"Ave Maria". The Lydian men will further shine with a special segment entitled "From Eddie, With Love" featuring renowned Trinidad and Tobago Tenor, Edward Cumberbatch.

For more information on The Lydians and "Christmas -  a Season of Love!" visit www.thelydianstt.com or The Lydians on Facebook.com. For further information call 295-3940.

The Lydians
295-3940


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Latest CD release from The Lydians Now Available - Jubilee Concert Series of Negro Spiritual music! (Limited Edition)


It's Finally here!
The LIVE, Limited Edition CD of Negro Spiritual music, from The Lydians Jubilee Concert Series is finally here! 

This Christmas Season, give the gift of MUSIC with The Lydians LIVE recording of its Jubilee Concert Series of Negro Spiritual music, done in tribute to the late Musical Director, Dr. Pat Bishop, TC. Limited copies available from Sanch Electronix Limited and at the upcoming Lydians Christmas concert, "Christmas - A Season of Love" from 12th to 15th December at Queen's Hall Auditorium! Call 295-3940 for more information on how to purchase this CD!

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If you live outside of Trinidad and Tobago, CDs are currently available from:
The Sanch Electronix Limited Online Marketplace
FIRST LISTEN & Purchase Online here:
http://www.mmsies.com/store/index.php?p=product&id=6717&parent=0&store=8005292012-SanchElectronix
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Video Highlights from the Concert: 

There is a Meeting Here Tonight


Scandalize My Name


Ride The Chariot


Monday, August 26, 2013

Tthe Jubliee Concerts - A Season of Negro Spirituals LIVE CD.


THANK YOU to ALL our beloved patrons who attended the show and supported this wonderful music!




There will be a LIVE recorded CD from the Sunday night performance courtesy of Mr. Simeon Sandiford of SANCH Electronics!

There will also be video clips available from Sunday night's performance from En Demande Limited and Mr. Damien Greaves!



All official photos from the concert are made possible by Buzz.tt!

Stay tuned to this page or email thelydiansingers@yahoo.com or call 1-868-295-3940 for information on the Jubliee Concerts - A Season of Negro Spirituals LIVE CD.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Lydians 2013 Negro Spiritual project, "Jubilee"

The Lydians present, it's 2013 Negro Spiritual project, "Jubilee"


This concert is the Lydians' tribute to Pat Bishop is intended to become an annual event on the Lydians' calendar. August 20th 2013 marks the second anniversary of the death of Dr. Pat Bishop, our beloved musical director of more than a quarter of a century, whose stamp on the choir's vision, direction, repertoire and ethos is indelible. Throughout its 33 year existence and during the twenty-five years that Pat led the Lydians, spirituals have assumed pride of place in the Lydian concert repertoire. Pat was a devotee of Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson and a host of other black singers. These great voices have inspired the Lydians to deliver these songs with a degree of understanding of their deeper significance.

Principal soloists Eddie Cumberbatch and Joanne Pyle have wonderful Negro Spiritual repertoires but at least a dozen talented Lydians will be presented as soloists in these productions. These songs of struggle and hope and joy will be sung and staged from the perspective of free people with appropriate readings, costumes and set, and we hope that these productions will, in time, develop the same popularity as our annual Christmas concerts.

The Lydians Jubilee Concerts
23rd to 25th August 2013 
The Little Carib Theatre

[More details below]