Prime Minister and Mrs Rowley host free Independence concert
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Mrs Sharon Rowley hosted a free concert over the weekend in honour of the country's 55th anniversary celebrations.
In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said 'An Independence Celebration: A Gift to the Nation' will be broadcasted on CNMG on Independence Day, 31st August.
Held at the Lord Kitchener Auditorium, National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), the concert, titled "An Independence Celebration: A Gift to the Nation" was organised by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts in collaboration with the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
It featured performances by the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (N.S.S.O.); the National Philharmonic Orchestra; the UTT Jazz Ensemble; the Presentation College Mixed Choir and the Signal Hill Alumni Choir.
The large audience that filled the Lord Kitchener Auditorium to capacity enjoyed selections from a range of musical genres such as classical, calypso, jazz, folk and soca. Calypsonian Roderick ‘Chuck’ Gordon, classical Indian dancer Susan Mohip, musician Rana Mohip, vocalist Helon Francis and saxophonist Anthony Woodruff also performed in collaboration with both orchestras.
In attendance were several government ministers; Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary Tobago House of Assembly; Chief Justice Ivor Archie; Bishop Claude Berkley of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad & Tobago, and members of the diplomatic corps.
Specially invited guests of the Prime Minister also included children from the St. Jude's Home for Girls, the Princess Elizabeth Home and members of the Bishop Anstey High School Choir.