Trinidad & Tobago Music Festival 2012
" The object is not to gain a prize or defeat a rival but to pace one another on the road to excellence" Sir Walford Davies
Sir Davies was born in Oswestry on the Welsh border. He studied under, and was assistant to, the organist Walter Parratt for five years before entering the Royal College of Music where he studied under Hubert Parry and Charles Villiers Stanford. He held a number of organist posts and in 1918 was appointed director of music to theRoyal Air Force which led to him writing the march RAF March Past, still played by many marching bands today.
In 1919, Sir Davies became professor of music at Aberystwyth. He subsequently did much to promote Welsh music, becoming chairman of the Welsh National Council of Music. From 1927 he was organist at St George's Chapel, Windsor.
From the 1920s, Sir Davies made a series of records of lectures, which led to him being employed by the BBC to give radio broadcasts on classical music under the title Music and the Ordinary Listener. These lasted from 1926 until the outbreak of World War II in 1939, and Sir Davies became a well known and popular radio personality. His book The Pursuit of Music (1935) has a similar non-specialist tone.
Sir Davies was knighted in 1922 and, following the death of Edward Elgar in 1934, was appointed Master of the King's Music. He died in 1944 in Bristol and is buried in the grounds of Bristol Cathedral.
Most of Sir Davies' compositions were religious in flavour, and include the oratorio Everyman, a number of other works for orchestra, choir and soloists, and a large number of services and anthems. He also wrote an arrangement of the Christmas carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
THE MUSIC FESTIVAL HAS GROWN FROM 800 ENTRANTS IN 2002 TO OVER 2,000 ENTRANTS IN 2010. ENTRANTS ARE EXPECTED TO DOUBLE IN 2012.
THERE IS DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE OF THE POSITIVE EFFECT OF MUSIC (CLASSICAL AND OTHER FORMS) ON THE FOETUS, AND THE ABILITY OF VERY YOUNG CHILDREN TO RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO MUSIC. IN OUR OWN EXPERIENCES, TUTORS OF THE NATIONAL STEELBAND FOUND THAT THE STUDENTS WHO DID WELL IN MATHEMATICS WERE MORE LIKELY TO PLAY THE INSTRUMENT IN A SHORTER TIME FRAME THAN THOSE STUDENTS WHO WERE STRUGGLING WITH THE SUBJECT.
OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM THEREFORE HAS A GREATER RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT AND ENSURE THAT THE MUSIC CURRICULUM IS TAUGHT AND INDEED ALL SCHOOLS MUST HAVE CHOIRS, ORCHESTRAS AND MUSIC APPRECIATION.
THIS SAID, WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE THE INVOLVEMENT AND TREMENDOUS SUPPORT OF THE EDUCATION MINISTRY AS WELL AS THE MINISTRIES OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND ARTS AND MULTICULTURALISM IN THE 2012 STAGING OF THE MUSIC FESTIVAL OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
LOCAL EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN A POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE BEHAVIOUR AND ETHOS OF A SCHOOL WHEN CLASSICAL MUSIC WAS PLAYED FOR SHORT PERIODS (15 MINS) VIA THE INTERCOM SYSTEM AS WAS DONE IN MT. HOPE JUNIOR SECONDARY (NOW MOUNT HOPE SECONDARY)
This is an excerpt from the 1st Issue in 2010 of theTeaching Service Commission Newsletter,(TSC Speaks), written by Dr. Dorrell Philip
The Festival Office, (868) 623-2129 or (868) 624-0076 at the JOBCO Building, 51-55 Frederick Street , Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.
The South Music Festival Office, (868-333-0402), at Red Cross Building, Ruth Avenue, San Fernando, Trinidad, West Indies
The Tobago Music Festival Office (868-496-6441) at Bishop’s School Compound, Mt. Marie Road, Scarborough, Tobago, West Indies.