EU’s Musical Evening By Nicola CunninghamWilliams Pure Class writer It was the perfect opportunity for friends to see the much talked about great house hence when Head of the European Union Ambassadors Marco Mazzochi Alemanni held a special musical evening at his Strathmore Great House, guests gladly accepted The house was built in the 1930's by the Henderson brothers, the family that once owned the Rose Hall estate. The brothers actually built two houses, one on East Strathmore and the other on West Strathmore. It is said that the original staircase from Rose Hall Great House was split it in two, installing a part of the staircase in each house. When Rose Hall was later refurbished the style of the staircases in the great houses in Kingston served as a model for rebuilding the original architecture of the now famous home where Annie Palmer ruled supreme. The Strathmore Great House was recently refurbished by the ambassador and from appearances it was worth every penny, as the home is palatial, spacious and has several antiques pieces from painting to chairs, as Ambassador Alemanni wished to preserve as much as its authenticity as possible. The main attraction of the evening however was the music and the players involved were among Jamaica’s elite with Dr. Lisa Walker on violin, Nadje Leslie also on violin, Paulette Bellamy on violin and piano, Jon William on violin and piano and out of Cuba Jose Oxemendi on cello. As Ambassador Alemanni explained the concert was his way of strengthening that connection between Europe and Jamaica hence the first half of the programme featured classics from Schumann. ‘Scenes from Childhood’ led to several short pieces, which the quintet handled expertly, as a group or at times in solo.
Debussy, Faure and Ravel with a waltz followed as well as a light headed piece to sum it all up dubbed ‘Golliwog’s Cakewalk’. After a short break during which buffet was served it was time for part two, which was all about Jamaica and Jamaican folk music. The musicians began with ‘Liza’ and followed up with the everpopular ‘Evening Time’. A medley of Marley classics then ensued and guests both Jamaicans and visitors alike could be seen rocking to ‘Three Little Birds’. ‘Brown Girl’ was next but this time they went back to the traditional English nursery rhyme, which ends not the way Jamaicans typically sing the song. To close it was the uptempo and lively ‘Coconut Woman’.
Nicola/Aug 2011/ EU Musical Evening 08895 1Head of the European Union Marco MazzochiAlemanni (right), Helen Jenkinson, the EU Head of the Economic and Social Development, Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Yamaguchi (second right) and new Brazilian Ambassador Antonio DaCosta de Silva (left) at EU Musical Evening on Thursday July 28, at Strathmore Great House. 08899 2. Susan Alexander (second left) Fiela Mazzochi Alemanni (second right), Jeanne Watson (right), Earl Levy (left), Michelle Bovell (centre) 08807 3. The EU ambassador’s daughter Fiamma Mazzochi Alemanni and her friend Teodros Alfred Seyoum 08825
4. Dr. Lisa Walker (second left) on violin, Nadje Leslie (centre) also on violin Paulette Bellamy (second right) on violin Jon William (left) on piano (left) and Jose Oxemendi (right) on cello 08848 5. Opposition Senator Lisa Hanna (left), Minister of Youth Sport and Culture and Head of the European Union Marco MazzochiAlemanni unveil a plaque that speaks to the restoration of Strathmore Great House 08822 6. Governor of the Bank of Jamaica Brian Wynter and his wife Sonia with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange and Senator Oswald Harding. NCW PHOTOS 08891) Brian Morris and Yoko Yamaguchi 08890)lr: Thalia Lyn, Jeanne Watson and Michelle Bovell 08802) Anthony Watson and Christopher Bovell
Pic 08811) New German Ambassador Josef Beck and his wife Gudren Pic 08805) Ambassador Maxine Robert and Custos of St. Andrew Marigold Harding Pic 08801) Head of the European Union Marco MazzochiAlemanni and Senator Oswald Harding Pic 08830) Cuban cellist Jose Oxemendi
Pic 08855) Nadje Leslie
Published on Aug 19, 2011
Published on Aug 19, 2011
The Strathmore Great House was recently refurbished by the ambassador and from appearances it was worth every penny, as the home is palatial...