Archive for October, 2013

CHOGM 2013 happenings at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Commonwealth Resounds! has been connecting musical cultures, and running cross-cultural projects, partnerships and performances since 2005.

For CHOGM 2013 in Sri Lanka, we are excited to announce that the largest-ever group of international musicians will be visiting Sri Lanka as part of The Commonwealth Resounds! They will be sharing their skills with the community, working in schools, universities and orphanages, performing and coaching young musicians and presenting some dazzling Gala Concerts for their sponsors and supporters in Galle, Colombo and Mount Lavinia.

During the first two days of their tour, many of the musicians will be staying at the Lighthouse Hotel in Galle, sponsored generously by Jetwing. They will present a special Gala Concert at the Lighthouse Hotel on Saturday November 9th

Press and media may be interested to know that all the visiting Commonwealth musicians will be staying at Mount Lavinia Hotel between November 10th – 18th, kindly faciliated by the hotel staff and management.

Mount Lavinia Hotel might well consider branding itself as  ‘The Commonwealth Musicians’ Hotel!’ throughout CHOGM!

The visiting Commonwealth musicians include

  • Distinguished delegates from the International Federation of Musicians and the Musicians’ Union, who will run their Music Business Seminars at Mount Lavinia Hotel.

  • Prizewinning solo musicians from the Royal Over-Seas League, plus Roderick Lakin M.B.E., Director of Arts
  • Alison Cox OBE, Founder and Co-Director of The Commonwealth Resounds!, will be present alongside other Co-Directors, Managers and members of the organisation.
  • Orchestral musicians from the Commonwealth Festival Orchestra, which has formed a unique partnership with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka for CHOGM 2013.

  • Talented young musicians and composers from the UK’s oldest Specialist Music School, The Purcell School, plus a team of professional musicians who are staff members.

  • Excellent young musicians and staff members from Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s largest Specialist Music School

  • Joe Walters, professional musician and the inspirational founder of SONGBOUND. This is a wonderful initiative that creates new choirs and life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged children in Asian countries.

AMAZING NEWS! Young Commonwealth musicians from the Purcell School organised fundraising events and raised enough money for Songbound to start up 3 NEW CHOIRS for children in Sri Lanka – one in Kilinochchi and two in Colombo!

These 3 new choirs will be established during CHOGM 2013!

The Purcell School’s Sri Lanka Team, and the Songbound logo

All these talented musicians are coming to Sri Lanka to share their skills with Sri Lankan partners, support and encourage less experienced musicians wherever possible and help to create exciting musical events for CHOGM 2013.

NOTE : All musicians from The Commonwealth Resounds! whether they be young, old, professional, students or amateurs, are generous hardworking volunteers. Unlike many other more privileged Commonwealth Delegates, they have been expected to raise their own funds to come to Sri Lanka. This is not easy for musicians, who struggle to earn a living at the best of times – so they are extremely grateful to those who have helped them.

The musicians will be delighted to offer their skills and musicianship to Sri Lanka in any way that is needed, and hope to learn a great deal from the rich culture of this wonderful country.


Saturday 9th November at 7 p.m.

The Commonwealth Resounds!  – Gala Performance at the Lighthouse Hotel, Galle

Friday 15th November at 7 p.m.

The Commonwealth Festival Orchestra’s Gala Concert at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo

Sunday 17th November

The Commonwealth Resounds! Gala Performance at Mount Lavinia Hotel 7 p.m.

Email contact details for further info about these musicians

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Diwali Ball held at the Paradise Beach in grand scale

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The Colombo Indian Association (Colind) with a commitment to preserve, promote and celebrate the Indian heritage through cultural and social functions held the Diwali Ball at the Mount Lavinia Hotel Paradise Beach on the 17th of October 2013. Diwali on the beach was a festival of joy and merriment illuminated with diyas, Bollywood Grooves by DJ, Dancing performances by Chandana’s Dance Team, Indian fare specially made by Chef Singh, Henna, and much more

New Year’s Eve takes on Gatsby at the MLH

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, exuberance, idealism and excess, creating a portrait of the modern era in the roaring 20’s. MLH will add a modern twist to this and create a year-end celebration that screams opulence, decadent, excessive, exuberant and of course grandeur with a no purse concept. It’s like Gatsby himself came to Mount Lavinia and threw a Party. The fact that this movie had everyone in Colombo talking and inspired a fashion crazy is all the more reason for this exuberant theme.

It will begin from 9pm onwards where the whole hotel becomes one venue of live action of the biggest party ever. With unlimited premium drinks, food, and not forgetting the smokes and yes many many prizes to won, including the best dressed male and female who will get a photoshoot session with a studio and a wonderful other prizes.

The venues are as follows:

  • The lower lobby will be a Samba Bar with all the premium drinks you could ever imagine
  • The Horizon Room will be the Land’s End Gaming Lounge where you could win many prizes from gaming with 5000-10000 chips
  • Daisy’s Voice Lounge also at the Horizon Room that will be operated by the Voice Lounge experts will have an opportunity for you to “Sing and Earn” Gaming Chips
  • Long Island Danz at the Empire Ballroom with the perfect blend of contemporary and classics by the Live Band ANNO DOMINI will keep you satisfied and screaming encore
  • 1922 Governor’s Rooftop where you could get your favourite shots and smokes for no extra charge at all
  • Other areas of action:

1)    Terrace with DJ Pierre

2)    Sushi Boat

3)    A buffet that has over 30 items of premium dishes for all those food aficionados

4)    A dessert buffet at the Governor’s Restaurant that will be having a variety of hot and cold desserts

5)    After 2am the hamburger, hotdogs and Kottu station will come alive

6)    Coffee and Cognac Lounge at the Lower Lobby

7)    Champagne and Cupcakes at sunrise at the Terrace

8)    Photobooth session with your favourite 1922 prop as memento

9)    Airline tickets to be won

10) And not forgetting the Kiribath to go to all party revelers, and of course much much more exciting Gatsby themed spots for you to choose from

Tickets are priced at LKR19,900/-nett for all you can eat, drink, smoke in a premium state of mind and a first class venue. Call 2711 430 for details. “Also to help you out we did this amazing collection to get you all excited for this grand event,” states Mahika of MLH.

Colombo Oktoberfest 2013

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The biggest peoples fair The Colombo Oktoberfest was held from the 9th to the 13th of October at the Havelock Sports Club Grounds offering an excellent blend of music, food and beverages for fun loving people.  Oktoberfest specialties and authentic German cuisine was prepared exclusively by German Chef Andreas Pflugmacher and the Bavarian hostesses and a traditional Bavarian ‘Oompah’ band called The October Stad`l Hubers added to the true spirit of Oktoberfest.

The Colombo Oktoberfest was presented by Mount Lavinia Hotel, Havelock Sports Club, CoCa Cola, Mercedes-Benz from DIMO and SriLankan Airlines while the Electronic media partners were Gold and Sun FM.

Wild about Truffles

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

October marks the start of the truffle season, signifying luxury to even the most jaded palates. Considered the most expensive food in the world, MLH has done justice and created an extravagant yet tasteful menu to choose from. On from 24th to 31st October 2013 at the Governor’s Restaurant and Seafood Cove, all day on an “a la carte” basis. The truffle-laden week will consist of the following even desserts:

Tempura Asparagus
with a Soft Poached Egg, Hollandaise and Black Truffle

Seared Bay Scallops
with Pea Puree and Truffle Butter

Free range Australian Beef Fillet
with Quail Egg and White Truffle

The Crab and Truffle Burger
Blue Swimmer Crab Pattie, Mixed Salad Leaves and Truffle Mayo on Toasted Brioche with Hand cut Fries

Wild Mushroom Ravioli
Sage and Truffle Butter

Filet Mignon with Bearnaise Sauce
Truffle Mash and Sauteed Greens

Truffle infused Olive Oil Ice Cream

IHS student wins exemplary student leader award for efforts to foster unity and integration in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The international Hotel School is proud to inform that Mr Dinushkanth Thiyagarajan (Student Hotel Operations -Batch) won an Award for his “exemplary student leaders for their efforts in fostering unity, integration, healing and peace building in Sri Lanka,” at the event RAY OF HOPE which promotes Cultural Integration and Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka.

The event was held under the patronage of the First Lady of Sri Lanka; Mrs. Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa.  The event showcased a blend of Sri Lanka’s rich culture from the North, South and Central areas championing groups of outstanding students from across the country through the Unity and Integration Awards. The awards were held in recognition of exemplary student leaders for their efforts in fostering unity, integration, healing and peace building. The evening was truly inspirational and it showcased the many lives in Sri Lanka that have already been impacted.

Dinushkanth was selected from over 3500 nominees.

Dinushkanth receiving his award from Hon Shiranthi Rajapaksa

Annette and Linda Jackson who came to MLH for a visit as their father was a visitor at the hotel in 1943

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Mr David Thomas Jackson - in 1943-44 sitting at the Public Beach area with MLH on the backgroundAnnette and Linda Jackson who came to MLH for a visit as their father was a visitor at the hotel in 1943