Music

An Amazing Journey indeed

BY RORY DALEY
Observer writer
daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


AN Amazing Journey: The Concert, held at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on the grounds of The University of the West Indies' Mona in Kingston, lived up to its billing.

Hosted by the Church of Ascension in Kingston on Sunday, the two performances played to a large and appreciative audience.

“The first show at 3:30 pm was virtually a full house and the 7:00 pm was filled as well,” Lynden Nugent, chairman of the event's organising committee, told the Jamaica Observer.

An Amazing Journey: The Concert featured an extensive line-up of performances across a wide variety of entertainment styles. From solo to ensemble pieces, to expressive dance numbers, there was plenty for the packed house to enjoy.

According to Nugent, the variety was the main aim of the Church of Ascension who moved their concert offerings to the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts.

“We wanted to expand beyond just music and the new venue allows more of the creative arts, like the dancing. We also wanted to appeal past our own congregation to regular theatre goers,” he said.

From his perspective, the elements of better venue and wider variety led to several signature moments such as the opening and closing numbers, which saw a combination of the groups providing the action and sound the audience loved. In the same discussion was the performance of Beethoven's Fifth by the Ascension Steel Orchestra which saw MC Fae Ellington giving nothing but praise. Laurice Barnaby got the nod as a memorable moment when she engaged the audience fully during her rendition of the Pink Panther Theme on her flute.

At the end of the evening, Nugent said the response was beyond expectations and there have already been calls to make An Amazing Journey: The Concert an annual event.

“An Amazing Journey: The Concert was an experiment. And while it was taxing to coordinate, we now have a template so having it every two years is currently under consideration, but we have a heavy lobby for annually,” he explained.

Nugent is confident that they've learned enough from this first staging to make it an even bigger success. He hopes to hold it at a different date to avoid the constraints of competing events and exam time for the students in the various bands.

“An Amazing Journey: The Concert was between two events, Fun in the Son and Reggae Sumfest. For the students, a better date would allow them more rehearsal time and not having to worry about their exams,” he said.

Proceeds from the concert will go towards expanding The Church of Ascension's music ministry.

“We also do community outreach. We have a homework group and a soup kitchen which comes out of our coffers. So the money will go towards that as well,” he added.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT