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Church hosts choral music festival

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The Reformed Church of Zimbabwe is hosting its first ever National Choral Music Festival at the United Methodist Church hall in Craneborne Saturday.

The festival will see competition from a total of 20 choirs from around Zimbabwe that made it in the Presbytery competitions held in July.

“The local choirs will include those from Glen Norah, Glen View, Highfield, Kuwadzana, Dzivaresekwa and Mbare to mention a few,” said the festival’s national chairperson, Godfrey Chingorivo.

He said other choirs would be coming from outside the capital including Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe, Hwange and Chivi where each would be allowed to bring two.

Chingorivo said the competition would host over 700 choristers who would participate during the event which would from now on be hosted annually.

“Every choir will have the opportunity to sing two songs, a set piece plus one of their own choice,” he said.

He said there were nine trophies and three shields to be won and the categories included four prizes for the set piece, four for the own piece, three for the best conductors and one for the overall winner.

Chingorivo said the event was organised by various national choir committees and the guest of honor would be their national moderator, Dr Enos Chomutiri.

“The festival will be free of charge and there will be various food stuffs on sale for our guests,” said Chingorivo.

He said the church’s main objective was to spread the word of God through music as it was also a form of spreading the word of God.

Chingorivo said music had a special effect on the human soul like in the Bible when King Saul was possessed with evil spirits David would sing for him to calm him down.

“We are preparing for heaven where according to the book of Revelations there will be no preaching but continuous praising through singing,” he said.

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