The Wortley Home for Girls and victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti will be the beneficiaries of proceeds from this year’s Diocesan Festival Choir Christmas concerts. The 91 year-old choir will perform on November 27 and December 4, under the baton of accomplished Director, Geoffrey Shields, at the University Chapel, Mona and the Kingston Parish Church, respectively.
Dubbed the ‘Magic of Christmas’, the two-concert series will feature excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah” (The Christmas Section), other seasonal favourites and negro spirituals, as well as performances by Jamaican virtuoso Paulette Bellamy, who will lead the instrumental group, Touch of Elegance. Dr. Richard Beckford, Professor of Music at South Carolina State University, will be guest organist. Rounding out the package is mezzo soprano Dawn Fuller-Philips.
Geoffrey Shields promises that the concerts will launch the Festive Season with a musical bang. “This year, we have an exciting blend of pieces we’ve never performed before, including choruses that have thrilled audiences worldwide for ages,” said the Director who has led the Choir for two years, and whose keen musical ear and creativity are legendary. “Last year was a success and we have raised the bar further,” affirmed Shields.
The “Magic of Christmas” concerts will be presented under the distinguished patronage of the Venerable Dr. Alvin Stone retired Anglican Archdeacon of Kingston, and Mrs. Stone; and will begin at 6pm on November 27 at the University Chapel and at 5pm at Kingston Parish Church on December 4.