Sharon Wilson & Co Donates to National Youth Choir
A mid-size law firm with a penchant for supporting Bahamian culture made a substantial donation today to the nation’s best-recognized choir.
It was the ninth season consecutive season and 13th time that Sharon Wilson & Co. showed its support for the National Youth Choir. For the performing arts troupe’s Director Dexter Fernander, the contribution was music to the choir’s ears.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support of Sharon Wilson & Co. who has been there for us for almost 13 years, said Fernander who was awarded the baton following the untimely passing of the choir’s founding director Cleophas Adderley who had taken it from a local musical chorus to an internationally recognized performing arts sensation.
This year’s contribution was particularly significant, confided Fernander, as the choir faced a serious financial challenge when one of its major corporate donors was unable to continue its annual donation.
“We know that for our supporters the donation is a great sacrifice and we are so appreciative of their support. We thank corporate Bahamas for the support in preserving Bahamian folk music.”
According to senior attorney Sharlyn Smith, a partner in the firm founded by former Chief Magistrate and past President of the Senate Lady Sharon Wilson, donating to the National Youth Choir is a natural.
“At Sharon Wilson & Co., we are committed to national development and the strengthening of community,” said Smith. “A shared culture, whether it is through music, dance, the visual arts or the performing arts, is vital to building a community. We are so appreciative of how hard the National Youth Choir works to maintain high standards and to tell our story in joyous, uplifting song and dance around the world, reminding all who are fortunate enough to see a performance that The Bahamas is sun, sand, sea and so much more.”
With a repertoire that ranges from rake ‘n’ scrape to popular Broadway show tunes, from spirituals to classics, the choir has wowed crowds and performed to sold-out theatres in more than a dozen countries and in several languages.
The donation from the law firm that specializes in real estate, property, corporate and family matters will help the choir prepare for its upcoming international tour. It is set to perform at various venues in London between July 8 and 15.