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Woodside musicians tour Barbados

Woodside musicians have just returned from a magical musical tour of Barbados!

The history of Holetown basically had the first settlement in Barbados and is the third largest town on the island. It is a resort town located on the prestigious west coast also known as the 'gold coast' in the parish of St James.

Each February, this town hosts the Holetown Festival, a colourful local festival of crafts, music, and historical parades to commemorate the British settlement in 1625.

Haringey Music Service led by Peter Desmond provided an extension schedule for the Steel Pan Orchestra and Haringey Vox choir.  The tour consisted of three school tours around the island, three performances in the Holetown Festival and a collaborate workshop in Barbados Community College.  Even with the intensive schedule the musicians had some leisurely time to swim, walk by the seafront and dance on the ‘Jolly Roger’ pirate ship! Head of Music at Woodside,  Claire Danso was fortunate to accompany the 33 pupils from various secondary schools in the Borough who all demonstrated a high level of professionalism and musical talent.  Melisa Alpdogan and Kevin Montoya -Fernandez certainly were excellent representatives for Woodside School.  We were all so proud of them as they had solo opportunities that were perfectly delivered every time.  We  would also like to acknowledge Chris and Maisha (Steel Pan Teachers) and Ty and Catty (Haringey Vox Choir Teachers) and Peter Desmond Head of the Service for their hard work and expertise throughout the trip. 

The overall experience was surreal and very rewarding for both staff and performers. The trip was a real success and well received by the local community, tourists and of course Haringey Young Musicians.