Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 11th 2015 Contents "I went to Valencia and couldn t
walk, and didn t know why! I literally
didn t know why my knee hurt me
so badly I wanted to cry. I couldn t
"Then somebody, who saw me
drowning in this process, said: you
need Natasha Solano. Natasha has
spent 12 years in banking in the UK,
and came back to T&T to live two
years ago. I met Natasha in January,
and she saved me! She was a godsend.
She is our project coordinator: what-
ever the task is, Natasha does it, keep-
ing contact with principals and others,
and doing so much valuable work,"
Help from all over
"We have had so many people just
help," said Morley.
Family members and friends would
volunteer their cars, or their connec-
tions, or other kinds of practical sup-
port, such as stuffing envelopes until
4 am in the morning, or packing chil-
dren s concert kits, to help enable the
project, she said.
Morley has high praise indeed for
the teachers who volunteered their
time to rehearse with the children.
"It s three months worth of work,
where you have to help the children
learn 12 songs. We really have to take
our hats off to the teachers who ve
done that, because most of them are
not music teachers, and they want
something good for their children,"
"It s been remarkable, to see the
teachers level of commitment,
because it s commitment beyond
what they are paid to do. And a level
of understanding of how this will
impact their children, not just as a
fun experience, but long-term," said
Morley mentioned the many ben-
efits of music education---in promot-
ing literacy, numeracy, listening skills,
memory skills, and teamwork skills.
"Choral singing has also got health
benefits: it reduces stress levels. When
kids sing together in a choir, their
heart rate actually comes down, their
breathing synchronises and calms
them down. We ve chosen music
with a message, to encourage cama-
raderie and a sense of community,"
"We are very unique people in T&T
because we have so many mixtures,"
said Morley. "What I m hoping is
that when the founder of Young Voic-
es in the UK, David Lewis, flies in
next Monday, for a week, he and his
team will have learned something
"In the UK, Young Voices packs
out the O2 (a large entertainment
complex in Greenwich, London) for
five nights in a row with 8,000 dif-
ferent children and 15,000 to 20,000
different parents. There s no reason
T&T cannot do the same thing.
There s 1.3 m of us; why can t we
have three nights of T&T Young Voic-
es every year?" asked Morley.
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From Page A29
The T&T Young Voices choir
concert takes place at the
Grandstand, Queen's Park
Savannah on May 16 from 4 -- 6
pm. Tickets ($200, $250 and
$300) are available at the
following Digicel outlets:
• Trincity Mall (Block F New
• Chaguanas (Corner of St Ives
Street and Main Road);
• West Mall (Westmoorings); and
• Gulf City (San Fernando).
T&T Young Voices principal conductor Lorraine Granderson rehearsing the repertoire with primary school children
from Upper Carapichaima and Exchange Presbyterian schools. These students are just a small fraction of the 4,000
primary school children across T&T who will be coming together on Saturday at the Queen's Park Savannah for the
first-ever mass choral concert of its kind in the Caribbean. PHOTO COURTESY GIGI MORLEY
High praises for many others helping out
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