Trinidadian star soprano sings Easter Sunday at Washington, DC, U.S.A.’s Trinity Church

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In 2010, I had the privilege of fostering a meaningful friendship with the beloved Trinidadian soprano Anne Fridal.  Initially we me on facebook and it was quite the surprise when she let me know that she was in Washington, D. C. at Union Station.  At the time, I was Minister of Music at Takoma Park Baptist Church and it was a thrill to have her agree to come sing during our service. 

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Soprano Anne Fridal at Takoma Park Baptist Church in 2010, Washington, D. C., USA

That friendship has continued and on Easter Sunday, April 20 2014, soprano Anne Fridal was featured as the communion soloist at Trinity Church (DC) where I now serve as music director. She sang the beloved hymn “Because He Lives” with The Trinity Chancel Choir joining in, leading up to a rousing applause.  How amazing it was to see her again and to learn of her successes and travels, especially now that she is living and concertizing in London, England,

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Soprano Anne Fridal and Trinity Church, Washington, DC, USA’s Organist/Choirmaster Patrick D. McCoy Easter Sunday following the Festive Eucharist.

She was educated at the Royal College of Music in London and got her first professional engagement with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, covering the role of Lily in Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”  Most recently, she was in the international spotlight again after singing the National Anthem of Trinidad and Tobago for The 5th Summit of the Americas.  Watch the video here.

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Along with her during her visit was her nephew, who is a student at the University of Maryland, College Park and her sister Brenda Hinds.  What joy it was to have her in worship with us!  Brava!

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