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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Nineteen select students from
secondary schools along the East-
West corridor have completed an
intensive two-week training work-
shop in music composition aimed
at sharpening their skills for their
CSEC music examinations.
Sponsored by energy company BP
Trinidad and Tobago, the workshop
was conducted by the Pan in Schools
Coordinating Council (PSCC) at the
San Juan RC Primary School over
In a release, PSCC co-ordinator,
Patricia Goddard, explained that the
workshops presented the students
with a clear advantage as they pre-
pare for their examinations at the
Caribbean Secondary Education Cer-
tificate (CSEC) level.
"One of our major objectives is
to encourage the young generation
to develop the full potential of their
musical talents. These workshops
are critical to their future develop-
ment as musicians since they were
specifically designed for CSEC. At
the end of the workshop, these stu-
dents will have a composition port-
folio that can be used as part of their
SBA (school-based assessment)
requirement," Goddard noted.
The full impact of the bpTT work-
shop, she pointed out, could be
gauged by the excellent results
achieved by participating students
in the last examination, with nine
students obtaining the equivalent of
a Grade 1 marking.
Rachael Caines, challenger-- com-
munications and external affairs,
bpTT, told the students that "life is
more than just academics. Music is
an extremely important aspect of
your lives. BPTT is happy to partner
with the PSCC to offer you this
opportunity as a steeping stone to
a potential future career in music."
For Shaquille Bertrand, a Form 5
student of St Joseph Government
Secondary, the workshop would help
him considerably to prepare for his
"We are getting hands-on tutoring
on the finer techniques of music
composition. I am really learning a
lot in this short period," said
Bertrand, who plays the piano and
"The workshop is like extra les-
sons. It is giving us a head-start for
our examinations, said Diamond
Murrell, Form 5 student of St Fran-
cois Girls, whose favourite instru-
ments are the pan, piano and guitar.
Murrell hopes to become a profes-
Tutors for the sessions were Nigel
Diaz and Kareem Brown.
The music composition workshop
is one of three workshops being con-
ducted during the school vacation
through the bpTT-PSCC initiative.
The others deal with Panorama
Arranging and Creativity, Innovation
and Invention. The workshops are
held at five venues throughout T&T.
The slave-uprising drama Tula: The
Revolt, starring Danny Glover, will
close this year s t+t film festival (ttff).
The film will screen on October 1 and
enjoy its T&T premiere at the festival.
Tula: The Revolt is based on true
events that took place on the island of
Curaçao in 1795. It tells the story of
Tula (Obi Abili), an enslaved African
who, after learning of the successful
revolution in Haiti, downs tools and
sets out to meet with the governor, de
Veer (Jeroen Krabbé), to demand his
people s freedom.
The rulers don t look kindly upon
Tula s actions. But they resonate with
his fellow slaves, including Shinishi
(Glover). Inspired by Tula s example,
they unite in a passionate struggle for
equality, freedom and brotherhood.
Shot entirely on Curaçao, Tula: The
Revolt is an English-language, Dutch-
Netherlands Antilles co-production,
and features an international cast. It
was written and directed by first-time
feature-filmmaker Jeroen Leinders.
Leinders, who is from the Nether-
lands, spent a large part of his youth
on Curaçao, and lives and works there
regularly. He will be present at the fes-
tival to introduce his film, a release
from the ttff said.
"We are very pleased to have Tula:
The Revolt be the closing night film of
the festival," said Jonathan Ali, editorial
director of the ttff.
"In particular, we note that it is based
on historical events, and hope that when
people see the film they will be inspired
to learn more about Tula, the man."
The t+t film festival begins on Sep-
tember 17 with the Caribbean premiere
of the Nigerian film Half of a Yellow
Sun, directed by Biyi Bandele and star-
ring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel
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Music students sharpen skills at bpTT workshop
Glover drama Tula: The Revolt to close t+t film festival
BPTT's Joel Primus, centre, and Rachael Caines, right, show keen interest in the work of students at the music
composition workshop conducted by tutors Nigel Diaz, second from right, and Kareem Brown, left.
A scene from Tula: The Revolt which will close the t+t film festival.
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