The annual Schools’ Music Festival was held on January, 19, at the National Cultural Centre and it was a festival deserving of acclamation.
The event, which was held as part of Saint Lucia’s Nobel Laureate Week activities, (January 18-24), showcased a number of schools. The schools participating included Micoud Secondary, Choiseul Comprehensive Secondary, Gros Islet Secondary, Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary, Sir Ira Simmons Secondary, Corinth Secondary, St. Joseph’s Convent as well as La Croix Maingot Combined, Gordon Walcott Methodist Primary, Ave Maria Primary and the Combined South Choir.
The schools were well received with resounding applause and cheers from the packed student audience. It was apparent that they did the necessary training in order to give a sublime performance; it showed that day. Amongst the songs sang that day were “Still” by Hillsong United, “Rude”, by Magic, “Rolling in the Deep”, by Adele, “Listen” by Beyonce, and “We are the World” by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
A few schools however, stood out from the others. Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary surprised the audience with their recreation of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me”; their version of the song could simply be described as superb.
Corinth Secondary’s Jazz Ensemble was undeniably impressive. The band played a number of local hits but really impressed the audience when they effortlessly performed Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”, as well as Bunji Garlin’s “Truck on the Road”.
After the schools’ had performed, Japanese Ambassador, Iki Mikiko made a presentation of musical instruments, funded by Japan, so that it could assist in developing the students’ talent.
By all accounts, it certainly looks like students’ will be looking forward to next year’s festival as the festival again, did not disappoint.