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Monday 14 October 2019
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Now a fan of choirs after seeing the Marionettes

THE EDITOR: Although I love music, I have never been a great fan of choirs, that is until now. After seeing the BP Marionettes Chorale last Saturday night at Queen’s Hall, I became an instant fan and will be attending all of its future shows in Port of Spain.

The show started as I expected. Dressed formally, this was undeniably an experienced choir. The rendition of Calling All Dawns was a stirring example of the vocal range the singers possess.

I also loved the soloists who exemplified the spirit of the Forward Home show with a fantastic range of vocalisation; they captivated a spellbound audience from the outset.

After the intermission, everything changed. The curtains opened to the Marionettes dressed in Trini attire. They exploded on stage with colour and calypso hits that completely changed the entire tenor of the show.

From a sedate choir, it became an explosive musical force of Trinidad that had the audience mesmerised and applauding for more.

There was synchronicity of dance and motion with voices harmonising as one. The interaction between the on-stage talent showed that they were more than just singers. They were also characters in the stories they were telling – their dancing and play-acting breathed soul and excitement into the music.

For those who have been privileged to witness the Marionettes, they already know the talent they possess. To all others who have not, seeing this force of nature is mandatory. They will experience a wealth of skill in the BP Marionettes that will astound everyone.

The choir has amassed a talented group of singers and musicians that will take your breath away. They are a real treasure of this nation, and they will not disappoint.

REX CHOOKOLINGO

Diego Martin

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