The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Trinidad and Tobago, established in 2014, is a group of professional musicians brought together under the auspices of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts to perform local and international music at the highest level. The Orchestra, the first of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, represents the Ministry’s on-going thrust for the development of the creative sector in Trinidad and Tobago through fostering an appreciation and awareness of classical and symphonic music.
The Orchestra performs under the baton of Music Director/Conductor Dr. Roger Henry. Dr. Henry’s career in music spans over twenty-five years during which he has worn many hats as conductor, composer and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music and head of the Fine Arts programme at the University of Trinidad and Tobago as well as Assistant Artistic Director of one of the country’s premier chorales.
Members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra
Violin I: Marc Harroo, Janine Xavier-Cross, Amanda Manmohan, Inge Schuler, Darion Dennis
Violin II: Michal Camejo, Kesica Brewster, Tichard Manwah, Kenan Giffard, Shalom Jeffers
Viola: Janelle Xavier, Nariba Herbert
Cello: Wasia Ward, Shalom Andrews
Double Bass: Mawasi Warner, Akil Patrick
Flute: Martina Chow, Yohance Devonish
Oboe: Andrea Sinanan, Zyane Inniss
Clarinet: Shurvone Brathwaite, Kimberley Watson, Jann-Marie Chatoor, Isaiah Clement
Bassoon: Chevonne Risbrooke, Courtenay Harewood
Horn: Francis Pau, Raine Rivas
Trombone: Aaron Blenman, Joshua Pasqual, Andell Jerome
Trumpet: Rellon Brown, James Jehu
Timpani: Louise Clarke
In addition to building the technical competency of musicians, the NPO is also focused on exposing new audiences to classical music through outreach and community service and widening the scope of Trinidad and Tobago’s rich musical heritage through the creation of new musical compositions.
The NPO’s performance credits include Informances in 2013 and 2014, full-length concerts at Seasons 1, Diamonds in the Sun: A Gift to the Nation, Classics in Tobago and a series of community outreach performances including the Western Division Police Youth Club and the Amarjyoth Sabha Mandir in Cunupia, Young Musicians Workshop in Tobago, St Dominic’s Home and St Jude’s Home for Girls in Belmont, Princess Elizabeth Centre and Finbar Ryan Geriatric Home.
The NPO was most recently featured as part of the cast of Seasons 2: Bringing the Arts to You, alongside the National Steel Symphony, in September 2015.
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