Marionettes celebrate past and present with Landmarks

Source – Trinidad Guardian
Date Published – Friday 21st June 2013

Fifty years ago the first members of the BP Marionettes Chorale—the first choir to be formed in a newly independent Trinidad & Tobago—came together to begin a journey to becoming one of the nation’s most treasured cultural organisations.

Next month, they launch their year-long 50th anniversary celebrations with Landmarks, which will run from July 12 to 14 at the Queen’s Hall.

In 1963, this new choir’s founding directors were Jocelyn Pierre and June Williams-Thorne, who led the Chorale to their debut in the 1964 Music Festival, emerging with the coveted JCC Cup as the Best Adult Choir in the competition.

Through a transition in leadership, the choir maintained its dominance at the national Music Festival after 1974 under Gretta Taylor (musical director), Susan Dore (assistant musical director) and Joanne Mendes (secretary and production manager). The Chorale retired unbeaten from local competition in 1980, winning the trophy for Most Outstanding Choir in the Festival each time it competed.  Click here for full article.