Laurice Barnaby's second coming

Observer writer

Thursday, January 10, 2019

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AFTER a decade hiatus, the second staging of Laurice and Friends in Concert will return toThe Church of the Ascension in Mona, St Andrew, on Sunday, January 20. The event will be held under the patronage of Bishop Howard Gregory, diocesan of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and his wife, Charmaine .

“We have a great line- up filled with well-known Jamaican performers. I am not benefiting (monetarily); my blessings will come from the blessings that I will receive from God for putting on the show,” flautist and event coordinator Laurice Barnaby told the Jamaica Observer.

Billed for the event are violinist Stephen Woodham, pianist and composer Stephen Shaw-Naar, and organist Dwight McBean and pianist Dean Taylor.

In addition to Barnaby on flute, the concert will also feature: vocalists June Lawson, Rosette Salazar, Christine McDonald, and Santorini degli Archangeli; Yanique Leiba-Ebanks, Ariel Blackwood on congo drums; Rafael Salazar on clarinet; Norman McCallum on guitar, and dancer Loraine Barnaby.

The organiser explained that the reason for the 10-year break was that she also wears the hat of chairman for the Soroptimist International of Jamaica's annual Classic in June concert, and it is extremely difficult to coordinate both shows.

Barnaby said proceeds from the event will benefit eligible members of the host or members affiliated with St Matthew's Anglican of Jacks Hill in St Andrew.

“We have had church scholarship funds for over 30 years for young people in the creative arts industry or medicine, banking, finance and so on. It is held by the church for the church, and we look to continue,” she added.

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