Music lovers enjoy, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) sponsored ‘Classical Evening with Sonya Headlam’

The Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) sponsored ‘Classical Evening with Sonya Headlam’ drew a large group of music lovers to the University of the West Indies recently.

Mrs. Headlam, a United States-based soprano of Jamaican parentage, made her debut performance in the island to an appreciative audience at the University Chapel on June 22. Her ‘liquid tone’ is normally heard in the New York area, although she has been a recitalist in several other Caribbean territories.

“I experienced an exceptional outpouring of musical talent,” said General Manager Earl Jarrett. “It was an enjoyable evening.”

Jamaica’s Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen congratulates Sonya Headlam after her successful concert billed “A Classical Evening with Sonya Headlam, Soprano’s”. Center: Earl Jarrett, General Manager, Jamaica National Building Society. JNBS was the main sponsor of the event.

The soprano offered her audience an eclectic mix of styles and themes, ensuring that even those who might not have appreciated the finer points of her artistic performance could still popular songs such as George Gershwin’s Summertime or the Jamaican staples, Cudelia Brown and Evening Time.

Mr. Jarrett was one of a large contingent of JNBS members and employees who attended the performance. The audience represented a cross section of the society with a keen appreciation for music.

“Music is one of the core elements of the Jamaican society,” Mr. Jarrett said. “Classical music is an area which holds great potential to enrich our powerful heritage.”

The Society has a well established tradition of supporting the arts which Mr. Jarrett pointed out as one of the pillars of national development.

The concert was presented by theatre aficionado Gerald ‘Buddy’ Pouyat and JNBS under the patronage of Mr. Jarrett. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen were among the special guests, along with former Governor General, Sir Kenneth Hall and his wife Lady Rheima.

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