Lydians perform for Pat Bishop's final art exhibition - 'She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore'
On May 9th, The Lydians performed in honour of former Lydians Musical Director Dr. Pat Bishop (deceased), who was instrumental in guiding the choir to this historic collaboration. She was celebrated at the opening of her final exhibition, 'She Sells Sea Shells on the Shore' at the newly refurbished Stollmeyer's Castle. The full catalogue of paintings were incomplete before her passing, but have been carefully preserved and now showcased under the P.A.L.M. Foundation - "Pat's Art, Literature and Music Foundation."
The piece, 'La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre', is a popular Marian title of the Blessed Virgin Mary known in many Catholic countries. In Cuba, "The Virgin" is a renowned and integral part of the island's culture and plays an important role in the Catholic heritage of Cubans exiled inside and outside of North America. The church, La Ermita de la Caridad del Cobre, is a memorial that was constructed in honor of her and is a monument to the religious and political history of the island.
In 2010, the Lydian Singers, Steel and Drummers in collaboration with featured guest pianist and composer Maestro Jose Maria Vitier performed his major work, the MISSA CUBANA for the first time ever in Trinidad and Tobago. This was the first musical and artistic collaboration of its kind between the two Caribbean nations and was performed at the Queen's Hall Auditorium, St. Ann's along with long-time Lydians collaborators the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra.
Vitier’s “Plegaria a La Virgen” (lyrics by Silvia Rodriguez de Vitier) was sung by Dirk Govia, which ended the evening’s performance.