Lydian Recap: Our 40th Anniversary Christmas Concert (2019)!
A special weekend of performances was held for the start of the Lydians 40th anniversary celebrations in December, which included a Gala performance on Friday 13th December 2019 at Queen's Hall. The evening featured a sing-along of Christmas carols with the choir in the Queen's Hall lobby and a ceremonial ornament hanging for all attendees on the Caribbean Christmas tree designed by Kirk Langton Designs. Our 3 Musical Muses of the Past, Present and Future paid us a visit, designed and produced by Ronald Guy-James of Bisi Couture and portrayed by Afesha "La Madame", Dolores "La Reine" and Akida "La Belle Nouvelle", Principal dancers of the Bon Bassa Production Best Village Group.
The costumes featured a special, heart-warming feature, as they were all made using musical scores - sheet music that were sung from, used by and performed by the Lydians!
About the concert"For most Lydians and patrons acquainted with that golden period of music under the baton of our third musical director Dr. Pat Bishop, the words 'Deo Gratias' will be familiar. Ms. Bishop, as she was more commonly called by us Lydians, would pen a musical director's note and most times, sign her name beneath these words. In Latin, the words mean, "Thanks Be To God" - an exuberant exclamation of gratitude to the Creator for all life's blessings, chiefly among these, the birth of Christ in Bethlehem and the gift of music, which heralded his arrival...." read more here from the official programme booklet
#DeoGratias! Thanks Be To God for 40 years of Musical Excellence!
To Be A Lydian (mini documentary)
Opera in the Caribbean: The extraordinary Opera Legacy of the Lydians
(New!) DEO GRATIAS - The Gala (2019)