Directed & Composed by Felix Cross.
2006 – Mass Carib @ The Mayor’s Festival Trafalgar Square
2007 – Mass Carib @ The Greenwich & Docklands
Mass Carib To The Promised Land
Extracts from both Mass Carib and Passports To The Promised Land performed by students of WAC. At the Roundhouse, London.
Mass Carib was originally composed in 1987 and played to sell-out audiences at the Albany Empire and the Purcell Room at the South Bank. As a result, the show received the largest ever single grant from the Arts Council, which led to a national tour of major (2000+ seater) venues in 1989.
Since then Mass Carib has been performed many times, for various occasions, including: Trafalgar Square for the Mayor’s Festival, Greenwich & Docklands Festival to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, Hackney Empire and Kings Place as a Requiem to remember the victims of the Haitian earthquake.
This year we are honoured that Mass Carib has been chosen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of trinidad & Tobago’s Independence.
Mass Carib is a musical setting of the full Mass by Trinidadian-born composer Felix Cross. Sung in Latin, English, French Patois and Yoruba it draws on historical, cultural and spiritual references from the Caribbean, most specifically Trinidad.
Mass Carib represents and explores the points of cultural collision between Europe and Africa that is the Caribbean and as such it is a work of musical fusion par excellence. The music reflects various styles from different islands intermeshed with European classical forms appropriate to the 18th century.