UK Tenor astounds patrons in ICC Fund Raiser at Barbados’ Fairmont Royal Pavilion – “Sport For Life!” charity is testament to late Barbadian CWC Organiser

Diamonds International, Fairmont Resorts, Illuminat are some of the sponsors involved in the multi-partnering of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the English Cricket Board (ECB) in assisting Lord Richard Newby’s “Sport for Life!” of which, the Barbados branch is a testament to the memory of the late Stephen Alleyne – Chair of the Barbados leg of Cricket World Cup 2007.

Some guests were from UK & Antigua and also included officials from NIS & Illuminat

Some guests were from UK & Antigua and also included officials from NIS & Illuminat

In getting a brief moment to learn of Sport For Life!‘ from Lord Newby, we later scanned his website and quote;- “Sport for Life! started in December 2006 as a legacy programme for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the West Indies. Lord Richard Newby and Jane Power of Live Consulting agreed the first outline of the programmes with the far-sighted Stephen Alleyne, CEO of World Cup Barbados.

Some of the equipment and class photos from 'Sport For Life!' which Lord Newby started in the UK and is equally successful

Some of the equipment and class photos from 'Sport For Life!' which Lord Newby started in the UK and is equally successful

Since Stephen’s untimely death in October 2008, Live Consulting has spread the concept of the programme to the Barbados Cricket Association, Kensington Oval Management Inc., the Minister of Sport and St Lucia National Cricket Association, the Queen’s Park Cricket Club, Trinidad & Tobago.”

There are plans underway to expand the programme to Antigua and Grenada as well, Lord Newby explained that you have 12 to 16 year olds who used to be considered as ‘slow‘ learners going to Kensington Oval to play cricket supposedly but it’s also mixed in with Maths and English… When the term ends, students ask what will happen to their Saturdays?

Coaches and Trainers ask the teens if they want another semester and it is a positive response with a unanimous reaction! How can you refuse? The challenge comes in funding these special excursions for underprivileged youth who do not ordinarily have a chance to play and study in such surroundings like Beausejour, Queen’s Park Oval or Kensington here…

Patrons examining some of the scintillating items on display to help 'Sport For Life!'

Patrons examining some of the scintillating items on display to help 'Sport For Life!'

Thus the silent auctions at Royal Pavilion and a massively gorgeous fund-raising Dinner – a five-course meal that’s tasty yet filling and not bursting at the seams by the end of the meal! Spinach brochette with tomato & basil salsa; shrimp croûton in coconut coating with fresh green salad in a Lime-based dressing then litchi in white rum as a sorbet; the Main Course of Lamb shoulders and a potato & pineapple strudel with a Chocolate Tort and a salty Caramel ice-cream for dessert, splendid! Staff were charming and attentive without sucking up and efficient to the max!

UK Tenor & Cuthbert Moore Primary performing Barbadian Folk Music

UK Tenor & Cuthbert Moore Primary performing Barbadian Folk Music

In between the litchi and the Main Course and after dessert – the patrons savoured the musical magic of both the Cuthbert Moore primary school’s choir (2009 NIFCA Award Winners) and UK Tenor Sean Ruane. With many a moving performance, there was not a dry eye in the house…

Here’s Sean and Cuthbert Moore kids with a new classic (Everyone believes it’s from Josh Groban, while he made it popular – but it actually came from the Australian duo Secret Garden);-

Sean also did “The Banana Song” (Imagine, he only learned it the day before), the 1898 Neapolitan classic “O Sole Mio” (It does NOT meanLonely Me” it is actually more correct to sayMy Sunshine but most folks know Elvis Presley’s version... ‘It’s Now Or Never.’) as well as an aria from Puccini – the movement was used to thrilling effect in Barbra Streisand’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces” this being “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot.

It is said the Irish kissed the Blarney stone which gave them a talent with the tongue, Sean certainly proved it that night!

It is said the Irish kissed the Blarney stone which gave them a talent with the tongue, Sean certainly proved it that night!

During Sean’s rendition of ‘O Sole Mio‘ he interacted with the female members of the audience, drifting from lady to lady from each verse and chorus much to the delight of the women and probable secret chagrin of the men, LOL!

This is not unusual for the fantastic vocalist, he is born in England of Irish parents, he trained in Italy and speaks fluent Italian, Sean has performed and trained with Placido Domingo and Andreas Bocelli… In his early forties, he has trained for almost a third of his life to reach where he is and Sean will let you know up front he is still yet to peak {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

Sean remembers and appreciates the time he’s spent at the Puccini Academy in Italy perfecting his craft.

Another passion for Sean is opening for sporting events {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

The young tenor has appeared on many TV specials, but the times he really savours are when he gets to let fly full force in sporting arenas.

He also expressed his gratitude to Chris Gibson from the English Cricket Board for the opportunities afforded to expand his network of contacts {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

Sean thanked Chris for allowing him opportunities to perform through much of Europe.

The silent auction was a huge success, it allowed for funding of 14 pupils for four terms… A cask of Mount Gay Rum, a diamond suite from Diamonds International, a stay for 4 for 4 days at Royal Pavilion were a few of the many items keenly contested for. Perhaps another round here in Barbados again next year?

The Silent Auction of plentiful goodies for a Great Cause

The Silent Auction of plentiful goodies for a Great Cause

My only note where the event can improve is if they have speakers all around so everyone can hear the speeches easily, and if Media are going to snap a photo, then let’s place them nearer to those speaking so there’s no need to wish for a telescopic lens, eh?

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