Saint Lucia is one of the only countries in the Western Hemisphere that has kept the tradition alive by observing November 22 with musical serenading. The St. Cecilia’s day Feast of Musicians has been celebrated for generations in Saint Lucia.
This year musicians from around the island have banded together under the banner of “Friends of St Cecilia” in an effort to ensure the tradition lives on and also celebrate Saint Lucia’s musical heritage.
Activities begin as early as 2:00 am when members of the Saint Lucia Police Band take to the streets to herald in the day followed by the performance of small concerts and orchestras on street corners throughout the day.
“Friends of Saint Cecilia”, along with the Folk Research Centre, the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries, the Cultural Development Foundation, the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) and with support by a number of corporate organisations including LIME, have organised a number of musical events that will run starting early Friday morning and going right through to Sunday.
Friday 22 November 2013
2:00am to 3:00am – Police Band around the streets of Castries
5:30 am onwards – Musical Orchestras & Collaborations
Noon to 4:00pm – Saint Lucia School of Music, Gravity Band and Friends at Serenity Park
Saturday 23 November 2013
10:00am to 5:00PM – Music Concert at Derek Walcott Square
Sunday 24 November 2013
10:00am – Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception followed by reception at the Ave Maria School
Many stories have grown up around Saint Cecilia, the young woman who embraced virginity and suffered martyrdom for her faith. As with early martyrs, not much is known about Cecilia except her existence and her name. Many historians have described the passion of Cecilia singing to God “in her heart” while the musicians were playing on her wedding day. In Saint Lucia she continues to be venerated by musicians.