The Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival is headlined as New York’s largest global choral event. The affair includes seven legendary international choirs in multiple performances, and this year T&T’s award winning Signal Hill Alumni Choir (SHAC), of Tobago has been included among the cast coming from South Africa, Luxembourg, Canada, Australia, Norway, and the USA. The event is carded for June 25 to 30, and marks the June 26 anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter. It is being hosted by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF), whose productions include the Youth Assembly at the United Nations twice a year, bringing more than 600 youth to learn about UN programmes and global peace initiatives. A release from SHAC said its members will light up the stage, at the NYU Tishman Auditorium from 7 pm on June 29, with its full concert presentation, A Taste of the Caribbean Vibe. The choir, which prides itself for “music that moves” is directed by John Arnold, with choreography managed by Georgina Peterkin.
Their concert repertoire will feature Caribbean folk, world music, African folk, gospel, reggae, calypso and soca music, performed in a folk operatic style. Throughout the week, SHAC along with the other choirs, will be involved in private and public events like music workshops, mini-concerts and flash mobs throughout NYC, as the FAF promises an active showcasing of the rhythms of one world concept. Like most of the presenting choirs, SHAC has appeared before many world dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth 11 and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. The group has performed at many international choral festivals and have won many awards, being acclaimed, Most Outstanding Adult Choir and Most Outstanding School Choir, in the T&T biennial music festival.