Carols by Candlelight introduced in Trinidad in 1982 by Australian Bruce McLeod

In a bid to maintain a rich tradition of carol singing and good cheer during the Yuletide season, the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) will perform at Carols by Candlelight on Sunday November 25, at the bandstand, Botanical Gardens in St. Ann’s, starting at 6.00PM.

The staging of this year’s edition is as a result of a collaborative effort between the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism and the Caribbean Committee for Carols by Candlelight, in keeping with the Ministry’s festival development initiative.

Under the artistic direction of Jessel Murray, the NSSO has prepared a repertoire that is sure to find favour with patrons and well-wishers, many of whom have faithfully supported the Carols by Candlelight event over the past 30 years.

Joining the orchestra will be vocalist Kay Alleyne, fresh from performances with the NSSO in Tobago, in celebration of the nation’s 50th anniversary of Independence. Noted soprano, Adafih Padmore, Vidya Nancoo-Haroo and the UWI Arts Chorale will also guest with the NSSO. Kelwyn Hutcheon and the Moulton Hall Primary School Choir are among others scheduled to lead the singing of traditional carols and Christmas songs on Sunday.

Introduced in Trinidad in 1982 by Australian Bruce McLeod and T&T national Dr. Ralph Hoyte, Carols by Candlelight sought to engender a vibrant community spirit and feelings of goodwill among persons of all ages. Since its inception locally, it has been hosted under the distinguished patronage of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Carols by Candlelight is free and open to the public.

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