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Community choir makes public debut

A community choir formed this year is to make its debut performance at a concert tomorrow.

Martin Pastor, director of the Bermuda Ambassador Choir, said: “The choir is very good being together for such a short time. I really appreciate their hard work.”

He added: “The choir has people from all parts of the Bermuda community. It is quite amazing. It's a good representation of the Bermudian community.

“We have done a good job bringing the community together.”

Choir members are looking forward to making their public debut.

Kevina Santucci, 32, from Warwick, said: “It is an awesome opportunity to represent Bermuda in a positive light”

She added that she enjoyed working with people of different ages.

Ms Santucci, who works in the diagnostic imaging department of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, said: “We have matured a lot. We had to learn to listen to each other and pay attention to our director.”

She added: “I've gained some new friends because I'm an introvert so it has allowed me to come out of my shell.”

Janice Pearman, a teacher, said: “I think it's a lovely community effort, with members from different parts of the world. It's like a tapestry of sounds, a lovely blending of voices and personalities.”

She added that it was a wonderful opportunity to bring lovers of music together.

Sarah Medeiros, 16, from Smith's, who will be one of the soloists, said: “It's really a good experience getting the community together.”

The Mount St Agnes Academy pupil, who will be perform Ave Maria said she also enjoyed singing with people from different age groups.

Peter Nash, 77, one of the oldest members of the choir has enjoyed the experience.

Mr Nash, a retired businessman from Smith's Parish, said: “It has been excellent so far. It's the epitome of a community choir.”

Mr Pastor started the choir in January and aimed to take it on a European tour this summer.

He said the tour was a way of bringing the community together but, with a short time to prepare, the choir have decided to postpone their trip until next year.

Mr Pastor added: “It was getting too close to summer and we hadn't booked anything yet.

“We decided waiting another year would give us more time to better prepare, raise more money and to invite more people to join the choir.”

He added that people who were not members of the choir could also sign up for the trip.

The concert tomorrow will be free, but donations can be made at the door.

The choir will sing five songs in an appearance scheduled to last about 45 minutes.

The performance will take place at St Theresa's Cathedral, Cedar Avenue, Hamilton, starting at 7.30pm.

Hitting the right note: Martin Pastor, the director of the Bermuda Ambassador Choir (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published May 30, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated May 30, 2019 at 8:07 am)

Community choir makes public debut

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