Castries December 6, 2016: Venezuela and Saint Lucia continue to strengthen bilateral relations through co-operation and cultural exchange as they make advancements with the pilot program – developed through the collaborative efforts of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Saint Lucia School of Music – for the formation of a “Caribbean System of Orchestras”.
This musical exchange, which was initiated in 2013, has progressed through a yearly series of music workshops facilitated by music professors from Venezuela’s National System of Orchestras and Youth and Children’s Choirs that have nurtured an important exchange of musical expertise intended to enhance the quality and appreciation of music of the Saint Lucian youth.
Continuing on the success of 2014 and 2015, a new level in the training process began in October 2016. During the last 10 weeks, six young Venezuelan music specialists facilitated the “IV Intensive Music Training Workshop in Saint Lucia”
The Saint Lucia School of Music of Saint Lucia undertook a tour of schools around the island, with the objective of engendering in the students interest in learning the Art of Music. They conducted performances at various institutes: the Canon Laurie Anglican Primary, the Dennery Primary, the Gordon & Walcott Memorial Methodist, the Montessori Centre, Carmen Renee Memorial, the Beanefield Primary School, St. Mary’s College and the Gros Islet Secondary, at the end of which some 200 individuals, including members of the Symphony Orchestra of Saint Lucia and the Royal Police Saint Lucia Police Band, who participated in various specialist sections of the workshops such as: Double Bass, Musical Initiation, Choir, Violin, Viola, Orchestra Direction, Trombone, Trumpet, Horn, Clarinet, Flute, and Guitar.
The delegation of Venezuelan tutors, who work as musicians and teachers of the National System of Orchestras and Youth and Children’s Choirs of Venezuela includes: José Ángel Salazar (violinist and orchestra conductor); Blas Torrellas (bass player and orchestra conductor); Luis Hernán Serría Nieto (oboe performer and orchestra conductor); Joshua A. Barrera (classical and popular guitar performer); Fabiola Martínez (flautist, choir teacher and choir director) and Francis Gagliardi Fernández (performer of French horn and choir).
The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Saint Lucia, extends an open invitation to all interested persons to attend the Final Concert organized by the Saint Lucia School of Music, to demonstrate the results of the “IV Intensive Music Training Workshop in Saint Lucia” The Concert takes place this evening, Thursday, December 8, at the Music Box, Rodney Heights.