Await the biggest school choral extravaganza

By Hansini Munasinghe

We are greeted by a hundred captivating voices rising in unison and in perfect harmony, reverberating against the walls of the grand cathedral. Under the direction of the acclaimed singing duo the De Lanerolle Brothers, schoolchildren from many leading Christian schools are gathered here to prepare for what is expected to be this year’s biggest school choral extravaganza.

Organised under the guidance of the Bishop of Colombo, The Church’s One Foundation, will see nearly 200 children from choirs of eight schools- Bishop's College, Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya, S. Thomas' College, S. Thomas' Prep School, St. Peter's College, St. Joseph's College, St. Benedict's College and Wesley College- unite as one choir in an evening of Praise and Readings. The proceeds of this event will be for the 'Ascension Home' in Bandarawela, a home for destitute elders.

The performance will be directed by Rohan and Ishan de Lanerolle while Neranjan de Silva will accompany the choir on the organ. Vinodh Senadeera will be handling the readings. Some of the hymns that will be sung will be 'Praise to the holiest in the height', 'O worship the King', ‘Amazing Grace', 'Guide me o Thou Great Redeemer', ' All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name'.

“It is a privilege to be trained by the De Lanerolle Brothers,” said 17-year-old Akushla Andrew from Bishop’s College, adding that she is happy to be a part of this charity event.

Eran Samaraweera, also 17 of Wesley College said he enjoyed working as a team and getting to know the other choristers. “We hope to have more events like this in the future,” he added.

The choir will perform on Saturday, November 5 at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, 368, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, from 6 p.m. onwards. Entrance tokens are priced at Rs. 500 and available at St. Paul's Church, Milagiriya, Park Street Mews, The Commons, Bay Leaf and Café Che. Submission of the token at the main door will enable you to receive a copy of the evening's programme. Programmes will not be sold at the entrance.

Offbeat musical journey spanning 3 centuries

A concert by the Chamber Music Society of Colombo with solo saxophonist Rolf-Erik Nystrom

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo under Artistic Director Lakshman Joseph de Saram will present “A Tricentenary Journey”, on Sunday November 13 at 7.30 p.m, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Auditorium, off Independence Avenue, Colombo 7.

As the name suggests the concert will include offbeat repertoire and rarities spanning three centuries, while exploring repertoire mainly from around Europe. Rolf-Erik Nystrom from Norway is the soloist in Glazunov’s 1934 Saxophone Concerto, written by the Russian composer in Paris. The destruction of 1945 Warsaw is seen in five very Polish melodies by Lutoslawski. Mr. Nystrom performs his own work which changes for each performance, “Concept of Sorrows & Dangers”, for solo saxophone.

Stephen Allen, the American composer in residence completes the programme with “Of Blood and Honey”, a work for solo saxophone, strings and percussion composed for the Society earlier this year, which will receive its world premiere performance.

The concert is sponsored by Concerts Norway. The Implementing Partner is the Sewalanka Foundation, Colombo. The box plan is now open at Barefoot Colombo, and tickets are priced at Rs. 500.

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