KC Chapel Choir launches Sing De Chorus
Not even heavy showers could daunt the high spirits of guests and members of the Kingston College Chapel Choir's golden voices last Tuesday. The boys performed to launch their CD Sing De Chorus at the Alhambra Inn on Tucker Avenue in St Andrew.
Guest speaker Marigold Harding, custos of St Andrew, commended the choir members, recounting their 2012 performance at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, USA, as part of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations.
"They were worthy ambassadors who helped to enhance Jamaica's reputation in the international arena as a country of talented persons," Harding said.
She noted that "the Chapel Choir plays a far greater role than just the education of its members. It helps us as a nation to realise that we are capable of greatness way beyond what we might be able to achieve. And our boys and young men are capable of the discipline and dedication required to acquire excellence."
Curtis Martin, assistant general manager of treasury and investments at the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), commended the choir for its excellence over the years.
"Choirmaster Audley Davidson has honed the skills of choir members and they have garnered excellent reviews locally and overseas," Martin said.
"There is no doubt that this Chapel Choir, with its history of excellence, can be standard-bearers for our young people," Martin said. "Sometimes we worry about the future of young people in our country, but when I listen to the voices of our choir members, I take heart, knowing that there is indeed hope for their positive outcomes."
In his remarks, William 'Billy' Heaven, chief executive officer of the CHASE Fund, said the agency had no hesitation in funding production of the CD when the sponsorship request was made.
"The Kingston College Chapel Choir is just one of the many institutions that we have supported under the fund's arts and culture portfolio. When this project came up, I can't recall it being given a second thought or discussion," Heaven said, while lauding the choir for recording an excellent CD.
The KC Chapel Choir has evolved from singing exclusively at the St Augustine Chapel to participating in the eucharist at Anglican churches throughout Jamaica and to performing overseas. The choir averages about 50 performances annually. One of its calendar's high points is its annual Christmas Concert, which features a major work, or anthem, and Christmas carols.
Sing De Chorus is the choir's third Christmas CD. It includes a selection of classic Christmas songs and carols such as O Come All Ye Faithful and O Little Town of Bethlehem, as well as Noel Dexter's Sing De Chorus, arranged by choirmaster Davidson.
The CD was produced with the assistance of JNBS and the CHASE Fund. The KC Chapel Choir Committee is chaired by Dr Robert Wan, a Kingston College old boy.