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St. Peter’s Umunjam-Mbieri wins singing competition

The Choir of St. Peter’s Church, Umunjam-Mbieri Area, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, has won this year’s singing competition for Super Grade Choirs in the Diocese. They beat their Obazu-Mbieri counterparts from Holy Trinity Church Obazu to a second position by 0.5 point mark, while the two other choirs that also participated in the competition – St. Peter’s Church, Ikenegbu, and St. Luke’s Church, Akwakuma, came third and fourth positions respectively.
Announcing the results at the end of the event which took place at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, the Lord Bishop of Owerri, Rt Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, directed that the singing competition should henceforth be known as Music Festival, arguing that, taking it as a competition makes the participating choirs, at all levels, to see it as a “do-or-die ” affair.
He counseled against the practice whereby some choirs go out to hire “mercenaries” to come and sing for them.
The prelate who cautioned them to always be disciplined, as children of God, laid emphasis on the composition and singing of “native air” in the local languages, as most of South African choirs do.
According to the prelate, success in anything would come when you order yourself according to God’s ways.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Directorate of Music in the Diocese, Venerable Benjamin Nwaneri, charged the choirs to sing as to please God and to behave honourably, even if they lose.
Adding his voice, one of the two judges at the festival, Mr. Jude Nwankwo, who is a lecturer in the Department of Music, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, commended the performances of the four choirs, but advised them to henceforth try to do more of singing than shouting, “in order to derive what he described as “choral blending”, adding that they can improve their personality through good singing.

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