Passionate Choir Wins Choral Music Competition
The Cape Coast Centre for National Culture (CNC) on Thursday, August 22, came alive with some soul inspiring choral songs when four groups engaged in a sprightly contest for the ticket to represent the Central Region at the national event of the ‘Africa Sing Aloud’ choral music festival.
Members of the Passionate Choir sang their way to the top as they dislodged the ‘ruling’ Central Regional choral music champions, the Africa Youth Choir, to become the new regional masters. The exciting Mass Demonstrational Choir was voted the third best group while the Oguaa Youth Choir came fourth.
The excellent performances by the groups gave the judges a hectic time as they literally struggled to declare the winner.
Torwomenye Kofi Ansah and Benedict Sackey, both lecturers at the Music Department of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), and Mr Michael Antonio Nii Martey, a Cultural Officer and former Head of Music at the Cape Coast Centre for National Culture were the experts on the judging panel.
The top three performers received GH¢1, 000, GH¢500 and GH¢250 respectively. The fourth group, the Oguaa Youth Choir took GH¢100 as consolation prize.
The competition was the first in a series of regional events being organised by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) with endorsements from the International Federation of Choral Music and the Global African Foundation for Choral Music to select talents to represent Ghana at the ‘Africa Sing Aloud’ international choral music festival.
The international event is slated for the National Theatre in Accra and the Cape Coast Castle from March 29 to 30, 2014. It will be preceded by 11 regional contests and one national competition.
At the national competition billed to take place at the Prempeh Assembly Hall, Kumasi on November 17, the champions and the runners-up will take home GH¢3,000, GH¢2,000 and GH¢1,000 respectively. All contesting choirs will also receive certificates of participation at the regional and national levels.
The regional contests are expected to end in October this year, after which the national event will be held to select the best three groups to represent Ghana at the international festival.
The ‘Africa Sing Aloud’ choral music international festival, which will be held on the theme; ‘Celebrating cultures through choral music’ is open to choirs all over the world.
On Friday, August 30, three competitions will be held concurrently in the Volta Region (Ho), Upper East Region (Bolgatanga) and the Greater Accra Region (Accra) to select regional representatives for the national contest.
The schedule for the other parts of the country are as follows; Eastern Region (Koforidua) – Saturday, August 31; Upper West (Wa) – Wednesday, September 4; Northern Region (Tamale) – Friday, September 6; Tema – Friday, September 13; Ashanti Region (Kumasi) – Sunday, September 15; Western Region (Takoradi) – Friday, September 20 and Brong Ahafo Region (Sunyani) on Saturday, September 28.
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