THE Mountain View High School Madrigals, a choral group from California, will stage a series of five performances in St Lucia starting tonight.
Jill Denny has been teaching choir since 1986. Energetic, dedicated and enjoying the best job in the world, she loves working with students and helping them discover the importance of her motto “Every Voice Counts”.
The Madrigals have been in existence at Mountain View High School since 1998 when Denny joined the staff. The Madrigals was founded in honour of Jack Lindsay, a retired teacher from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, who for decades inspired students through his teaching of choral music. Jill was once a part of that group as were three other current choral music teachers in the south bay area, so his legacy lives on.
The Madrigals is an audition choir made up of mixed voices. They perform a variety of musical styles ranging from renaissance to contemporary pop songs. This audition choir is made up of students in the 9th. – 12th. grade. These singers are selected for their musical talent, positive attitude, hard work ethic, and willingness to participate energetically within the group.
The Madrigals travel internationally annually participating in choral festivals, and performance tours. Some of their previous locations include: Brazil, Iceland, France, England, Italy, Costa Rica, Ireland, Croatia and this year they will be travelling to St Lucia where they will perform and share in the culture of the country. They look forward to the opportunity to share their music with St. Lucians.
Tonight, The Madrigals will perform at the Church of St Joseph the Worker in Gros Islet starting at 7:00 p.m..
Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. they will be at the Baywalk Mall, along with Ronald “Boo” Hinkson and Friends, the gospel group Special Blend and Justus. On Saturday, The Madrigals will perform at Anse la Raye from 5:30 p.m. The open air concert will also feature the Anse la Raye Youth Choir, the Anse la Raye Choir and the Royal St. Lucia Police Band.
On Sunday, the people of Soufriere will have the opportunity to hear the group during a concert at the Roman Catholic Church. Sharing the spotlight with them will be the Heart and Soul Choir from Vieux Fort. The Madrigals’ final appearance will be at the Castries Craft Market on Tuesday.