Dr. Pat Bishop
TC, H.B.M., BA Hons. (Fine Art), MA (history), Hon. D. Litt. (deceased)

Dr. Pat Bishop

The Lydians were voted Most Outstanding Choir in the 1987 Music Festival with songs "Let the Whole Creation Cry", "Yamouth Fair", "Down By The Salley Gardens". Pat, like her predecessor, Mrs. Spence, was and still was motivated by a spirit of competition and she persuded the members of the choir in '87 to reach heights which they never expected. Pat came with a different philosophy; gone were the days of auditions- whether formal or informal; gone were the days of the necessary requirement of being a Hilarian. All she wished were those persons who were willing to try to sing. And so she invited people from the TELCO choir and the Southernaires.


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In 1995 the Lydians put on its first opera "Koanga" by Delius which was the first time a Steelband orchestra performed a full length opera. The ebullient Sian Carlin(deceased) from Wales came especially to assist with the accompaniment in this opera. 1995 also saw the formation of the Lydian Steel, headed by the rambunctious Ben Jackson. By the following year when "L'Elisir D'Amore" was performed, not only were there the steelband and African drums but the rhythm of the Tassa drums had also been incorporated.

A Biographical sketch of Ms. Pat Bishop

Pat Bishop was one of the most versatile of Caribbean women - a true cultural icon. A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago by birth, she was a National Scholarship winner from the Bishop Anstey High School.

She proceeded to King's College, Durham University where she studied Art. Upon completion of this degree, Dr. Bishop returned to Trinidad where she taught Art at her Alma Mater for a few years. However, her restless spirit led her to U.W.l. Mona where she subsequently received her MA in West Indian History, her thesis being "Runaway Slaves in Jamaica, 1807 to 1823".

Bishop lectured history at U.W.l. at both the Mona and St. Augustine campuses for some eight years. She was also a lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the Jamaica School of Art 1970 to 1972.

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