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Doris Provencal has passed


Yvette Best

Doris Provencal has passed

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THE?VOICE?of one of this country’s most outstanding singers, vocal coaches and choir directors has been silenced.
Doris Provencal passed away this morning at the South Ridge Home of her daughter Carole Bishop, and son-in-law Ian. She was 83.
Provencal suffered from congenital heart failure, and was under a doctor’s care for the past two years for complications associated with the disease.
She taught at number of secondary schools including Foundation, St Gabriel’s, St Winifred’s, Harrison College, Queen’s College, the Modern and Combermere. She was the founder of the Barbados Festival Choir and the Cecilian Singers.
In 1958 Provencal started working at Barbados Rediffusion Service Limited, where she was “Auntie Doris” for hundreds of children who listened to the popular Children’s Party.?She also prepared the Music to Remember, Classical Requests, Works of Masters and Sunday Symphonette programmes. She was awarded the Silver Crown of Merit in 1986.

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