Video: Hanover Grange Presents...Sunday, August 21, 2016
An unplanned encounter with Jamaica Patty Company co-principal Theresa Roberts occurred one afternoon in London, when nationalistic curiosity lured the bass-baritone Sir Willard White into the former’s New Row, Covent Garden restaurant digs. Notes exchanged and subsequent plans finalised, the opera singer found himself, last Wednesday — with his wife and peer in tow, Sylvia Kevorkian-White — gazing across the great hall of Hanover Grange — The Tryall Club home of Roberts and her hubby/business partner Andrew — as he belted out note after note. At times sharing the spotlight with Kevorkian-White, at others retreating into the shadows as the French soprano soloed, but always accompanied on keyboard by maestro Winston Ewart.
This was yet another evening of culture — part of the serialised march toward Theresa Roberts’ September 1 natal day — which commenced with a melancholic duet composed by the erstwhile classical composer Franz Schubert, and ended with a standing ovation for Ol’ Man River from the 1927 musical Show Boat (we underscore a few of the programme’s pieces herein). And, as the arias and recitatives played with the acoustics of the luxury villa, the Style Observer rubbed shoulders with those who made the jaunt on behalf of charity – the proceeds of which go to the financially challenged students of the University of the West Indies, Western Jamaica Campus — and for the love of bel canto!