News Release, March 31, 2010: The Glenmuir High School Choir launched a new album, Spirit on Fire….. The Burning Truth on Wednesday, March 31.
The album is a culmination of vigorous training and coordination by the choir members, the staff and the alumni of the school. The 19-track compact disc is produced by past student Joel Edwards, who is also its musical director. Mark Bradford, former member of the C-Sharp band, is credited as co-producer.
The co-educational institution, situated in Clarendon, boasts many accolades in academia, sports and music that span several decades. The Glenmuir Choir, established over thirty years ago, has performed in the United States, Europe and the Bahamas. Celebrated for winning the DaCosta Cup football competition and the Schools Challenge competition, and several awards in Jamaica Cultural Development Commission events, Glenmuir High now seeks to achieve another milestone.
The album showcases a variety of styles, classical, gospel, Jamaican popular music and Christmas favorites. Of note is a rendition of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, and a medley of songs by Jimmy Cliff on this second album project from the choir. Though the 2010 release comes two years after the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Pat Meikle of the choir committee said Spirit on Fire…The Burning Truth is a tribute to the school’s golden anniversary.
It is also a tribute to Justin Leo Whyte and Mrs. Marjorie Henry, former choir masters at Glenmuir. Whyte who pioneered the establishment of a choir at Glenmuir, died tragically in 2008 while Mrs Henry retired in 2009. Whyte and Henry led the two versions of the Glenmuir Choir before they were merged. Meikle said their efforts are largely responsible for the group’s growth. “It was a transformational idea (to merge the choirs) and it has turned out great,” she said.
In support of the album Spirit on Fire…The Burning Truth, the Glenmuir Choir will showcase their talents at two stagings of ‘Apassionata’, the concert, in April. The first takes place on Sunday April 4 at the Grace Baptist Church in Clarendon; the second is scheduled for Sunday April 11 at the Fellowship Tabernacle in Mandeville, Manchester at 6:30pm. Admission is adults $800, students with ID $500, Children under 12, $300.