The Junior and Intermediate Choirs of the well known ‘Soul Sounds’ will present ‘We are One’ a musical evening of Disney and Broadway classics. These two choirs have been performing annually at the Christmas show “Moods of Christmas” at the Cinnamon Grand in previous years where they have sung alongside, Sri Lanka’s premier female ensemble ‘Soul Sounds” This time they will present the show themselves, with some new music with unique arrangements.
“We Are One” directed by Soundarie David will feature some of the newer Disney Classics, as well as a medley from Chicago, favourites from the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast, not to mention evergreens like ‘Feed the Birds’, ‘A spoon full of sugar’ and a medley from Lion King.
“The children enjoying their singing, because most of the songs are from some of their favourite Disney Movies, so they can relate to them. We also take into consideration their limitations, and work according to arrangements that a junior group can handle,” says Soundarie.
The Junior Choir comprises of children ranging from ages 4-14, whilst the Intermediate Choir comprises of young adults from 14 – 22. A cast of more than 90 students, they receive training not only in vocals, but also basic music from Soundarie, who plans on merging this with a fully fledged academy keeping with international standards very soon. Currently students are sent in for London exams, as she truly believes that you need qualifications to support talent, in a fast evolving and competitive world, even in the field of arts.
The team is ably led by Dinushka Jayawickreme, a leading vocalist within Soul Sounds, who has completed her Performers Certificate from the Trinity College of Music London, and has been placed second at the prestigious Llangollen International Eistedfoodd in Wales. Adding colour to the training, and co-ordinating the logistics and administration is senior member of Soul Sounds Lilanka Botejue who has been teaching with Soundarie for the last four years. Accompanying the choirs on piano will be Soundarie, with Neranjan De Silva on keyboards, and Christopher Prins on drums.
The show is presented by the Lions Club of Dehiwala North, in aid of Humanitarian Charitable Projects. Proceeds will be sent to IDP camps. The show will be held on Sunday, May 31 at 7.30 p.m. at the British School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the auditorium and are priced at Rs. 1000, 750, 500 and 250.