COCO PALM has its very own choir, ‘Palm Chorale’ which has been entertaining guests since Christmas. The 30- strong choir comprising of team members from all departments has become the newest attraction and entertainment. In addition, this has proven to be both a bonding experience and a stress buster.
“When we were looking for a choir at Christmas we were horrified at the prices being quoted for a one off performance and thus within six weeks before our first event we set up our in-house choir”, said Fenna Williams, Duty Manager. She added: “We pooled our resources, asked for volunteers and had a strong response. Rehearsal takes place twice a week and team members have made an effort to come even if they are off duty as we have all enjoyed it.”
Conducted by Derede Williams, who will also be partaking in the main stage event for Saint Lucia Jazz 2015, the team is enthusiastic at each session. “We choose hymns and songs that are familiar and upbeat. Christmas was very festive and our second concert was for Valentine’s which had the guests in high spirits. Ms. Williams added: “The team has been so inspired there were three solo singers in the last performance. We certainly have some talent in Palm Chorale”.
“Upon seeing the group leaving rehearsal it was striking to watch how relaxed and happy our team members looked”, said Allen Chastanet, Managing Director. “Team spirit and bonding has always been something I have endorsed and to see them pull this together on their own is so encouraging”.
Spearheaded by Fenna along with Nicole Moore, Human Resources Manager who prepares all the music and Claudine Gilbert, Revenue Manager, Palm Chorale is now rehearsing for their next concert at Easter. Following the Christmas concert, Chairman Michael Chastanet was so impressed he personally donated $1,000 to the group.