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Jamaica:Kingston Choral Union 1882/Kingston Glee Singers

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 Did you know, Thomas Ellis Jackson established The Kingston Choral Union in 1882?

“In the early years of the new century the Kingston Choral Union, under Jackson’s leadership, retained its position as the island’s premier choral group. In 1906 Sir  Alfred Jones, of the Elder Dempster Line, sponsored the group on a tour of Britain which started with its appearance at the Colonial Products Exhibition in Liverpool  in February” (Dr. Joy Lumsden)In 1909 George Davis Goode & Samuel Kitchen started the Kingston Glee Singers, who delighted audiences with their unaccompanied singing until the early 1930.(Dr. Joy Lumsden)

Join the Labrish as we share information revealed by one of the Backyard’s favorite historians Dr.Joy Lumsden. These all black groups were prominent features of the early Jamaican entertainment scene.

 If you or someone you know are a : McDermot, Jackson, Kitchen, Goode, Nation, Drysdale,Bryan, Loncke, Ramsay, Lawrence, Coverley, Gordon, Masters,Welch or Barnes, be sure to join us to hear interesting facts about these folks to whom you may be related. You may even be able to help fill in  some gaps in the lives of these trailblazers of Jamaica’s past. Please join us on Thursday 2/23

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