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Strachan lends her voice to aid counselling centre

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Ana Strachan. - Contributed

One of Jamaica's singing sensations, soprano Ana Strachan, headlines 'An Evening of Classical Entertainment' next Tuesday.

The event features some of Jamaica's most talented artistes, as Strachan will be accompanied by her teacher and mentor, Paulette Bellamy, on violin. The Touch of Elegance, including Alex Martin-Blanken (keyboardist and recording artiste) and Philip Newman (piano) will also feature.

Six-time JCDC Gold Medal Award winners Deh Jah Dance Theatre Company, led by Ghana Samuda, artistic director and founder, and Grace Jervis who featured in Father Holung's musical production, Amazing Grace are also on the list of those down to perform.

As a teenager, Strachan brought honour to Jamaica when she placed third among 34 entrants from countries around the world in Hal Jackson's Talented Teens Inter-national Competition in New York.

Strachan and her sister, Samantha, were named Grand Champions in the World Championships of Performing Arts in New York for their rendition of Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand's Tell Him.

Extraordinary talent

During her debut recital at the University of the West Indies, Mona, chapel under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Sir Howard Cooke, Strachan caught the attention of music lovers like Douglas Bennett who wrote, "Ana Strachan is an extraordinary talent with charming stage presence and yearns to become a professional opera singer. No stone should be left unturned by her family, by her school community, perhaps, by the private sector and, indeed, by Jamaica, to ensure that this remarkable voice is given every opportunity to flourish and develop its huge potential," (The Sunday Gleaner, July 6, 2003).

The concert, in aid of the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology's Family Counselling Centre, is at The Theatre Place in New Kingston and begins at 8 p.m.