Archive for November 4th, 2010

Iconic traditions to Glamouratti with a Mardi Gras ambience to end the season at MLH

Thursday, November 4th, 2010


As Mount Lavinia Hotel’s theme for the season is based on iconic traditions it is no wonder that the celebration of St. Lucia, the patron saint of light, is an important part of their festivities. As Anura Dewapura, General Manager stated, “While St Lucia’s Day is celebrated differently in different countries, its message of light and hope resound with all who participate in the day’s festivities.”

With regards to seasonal offerings the Mount Lavinia Hotel is packed with many forms of entertainment and sensational festive menus that will add on the true meaning of Christmas. The hotel’s Christmas celebrations are scheduled to kick off from the 26th of November which is the day after Thanksgiving with the lighting of the Christmas tree and an evening dedicated to iconic traditions, with Sri Lanka’s best in celebrity voices by Soul Sounds and Voice Print, will echo in the Christmas season. This year’s Christmas tree is estimated to be the tallest ever tree to be lit in the country. The Christmas tree will be around 30 feet tall and will be made with environmentally friendly recycled materials. The hotel will also be offering the traditional Christmas drinks such as eggnog, Glüh wine and Kokito as well as other festive beverages from the around the world.

1st of December the hotel will take on the theme of ‘Christmas around the World’ which will be the focal point of all its seasonal celebrations and which will be depicted in all its restaurants. This year Santa Claus will make his visit to the hotel by boat and every Saturday the hotel will come alive with Christmas carols which will be sung in different locations of the hotel’s properties with the voices of Voice Print and Vocal Essence from 4th to 18th Dec, respectively. On the 13th of December the hotel will celebrate St. Lucia’s Day, which is a popular festival mostly celebrated in Northern Europe proclaiming the message of light and hope. This festival will be celebrated in style with traditional music and other delicacies at the Governor’s Roof Top. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also offer the very best menus and celebrations all conjured up by the European Food specialist: Chef Mats. Following Christmas Day the hotel will host a gospel jazz brunch with traditional gospel music by the Soul Sounds. The hotel is also gearing up to host a special New Year’s Eve celebration where the well known band ‘Misty’ will be performing at the Empire Ballroom. Also a special party will take place at the Governor’s Terrace which will include a musical entertainment mix of jazz and blues and will take on a mardi gras like ambience typifying New Orleans: non-stop party, night does not end till daylight, not just steeped in history but sautéed in it, etc. In addition to this the hotel’s Seafood Cove will offer a five course seafood dinner where the night will come alive with classical music and the seafood Experience will be nothing but the best.

All this and more will be offered by the hotel this festive season, so if you are looking at celebrating a culmination of Christmas festivities with a difference and hosting a potpourri of flavours from around the world then Mount Lavinia Hotel should be your number one choice this season.

Iconic traditions for the Christmas season begins with Soul Sounds and Voice Print at MLH

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

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Exceptional amidst traditional entertainment is an iconic tradition in the Mount Lavinia Hotel and one of the defining characteristics of the MLH known to be one of the oldest and most important surviving colonial buildings in Sri Lanka. As a Governor’s Residence it formed the heart of where much entertainment and conviviality was celebrated by the former British Governors and their guests and thus it is not surprising that the same spirit is enjoyed by the many guests and travellers this Christmas season at the hotel. Ranked with some of the most renowned choirs in the world, SOUL SOUNDS a much loved all girls who have enthralled many an audience both in Sri Lanka and abroad will team up with VOICE PRINT, a choral musical ensemble or very much known to be an all male acapella choir consisting of past choristers of St Benedicts College who will ring in the seasonal cheer on 26th Nov 2010, with the evening beginning with the lighting of the Christmas Tree and followed by an evening of soulful voices at the Sky Shack, for LKR1500/-nett(includes the show and an assortment of seasonal delicacies and Gluh Wine).

The iconic traditions begin with the choirs and will ignite further towards the end of the night with Chef Indika sprucing up the hotel with his specialties for the American Thanksgiving spread, which happens at the Governor’s Restaurant on the 25th Nov 2010.

Then from 1st to 24th Dec – Christmas around the world will be the journey to experience at the Governor’s Restaurant: each night dedicated to the countries that celebrate Christmas. 13th Dec – St Lucia’s Day will be lit with SOUL SOUNDS, 26th Dec – the Gospel Jazz Sunday Brunch will also showcase their Games repertoires that brought them fame at the Choir Games. 4th and 11th Dec – VOICE PRINT will showcase their acapella versions at the Terrace. And all the Christmas splendours for eve and Christmas Day amongst a spread of Scandinavian and European traditions, will be showcased by our European food specialist Chef Mats

Soul Sounds choir won two silver medals at the 4th World Choir Games 2006. The medals were based on the points awarded by an international jury, in the Gospel & Spiritual and Scenic Folklore categories. At the 5th Games in Graz, Austria, in July 2008, Soul Sounds were delighted to surpass their previous performance winning three Golds, in the all three categories, Gospel and Spiritual Open, Open Popular Choral Music and Open Folklore in which they participated.

VOICE PRINT are a much sought after acapella group, and perform with a beat-boxer as well. They have also recorded tracks with numerous local artistes, doing acapella versions of some of these artistes’ popular songs. In addition, they have also re-recorded their own version of various popular songs which have received considerable airplay on Sri Lankan English radio. The unique feature of the choir is the complicated 9 part arrangements which they work into their TTBB selections. All parts and music are composed and arranged by the two immensely talented music directors of the choir. The ten-member choir, fresh from their success at the World Choir Games (WCG) 2010 where they picked up a silver medal in the Pop category and a bronze in the Gospel category will showcase seasonal repertoires and maybe a few of their Games repertoires so that the local audience can have the pleasure of seeing them perform the songs that helped them hit the headlines.