Freeman Choir emerges tops at conference singing competition
Date published: July 19, 2012
Compiled by Alfred Adams
WHEN Choristers of Methodist churches congregate, one distinct factor that underlines their congregation is singing. This is just not because Methodism was born in music, but the choristers prefer to sing to show their musical prowess in order to underscore the fact that Methodism was indeed born in music.
It was in line with this that the Kwesimintsim Circuit of the Methodist Church organised its 3rd Biennial Conference of Choristers, who make up the circuit, to account for their stewardship in terms of music and other salient and pertinent matters bordering on the growth of the Circuit in the last two years.
The conference, which was a three-day event, saw the five societies in the Circuit compete for honours in music.
The various societies that competed for the musical honors included the Freeman society, Mount Olivet and 2BN society of the Methodist Church.
The rest are Shalom and Ebenezer societies of the Methodist Church, which make up the Kwesimintsim Circuit.
The various societies, as part of the musical competition, were obliged to sing a particular hymnal interspersed with Descant, Canticles, an Anthem and sight reading.
In fact, it was a night of musical competition, which saw each society readied to make an indelible mark by carrying the day.
But the Freeman society of the Methodist Church showed that it was not only good in music, but the head of the circuit, as it unveiled it musical prowess.
Prepared for the competition by Mr. Emmanuel Aidoo aka ‘Aristol’ and Mr. Eric Henaku Aidoo with the sole aim to emerge tops in the competition, the choir could not have failed.
What was extraordinary about the Freeman Choir was the fact that all the four singing parts of the choir clicked superbly.
With Grace Nketsiah and Dorothy Nartey leading the both the soprano and the alto parts, and Hanson Dotsey and Jonathan Aggrey for the tenor and bass respectively, it was a delight to see the Freeman Choir put ‘fear’ in the other contestants, when they mounted the stage as the first contestant of the competition.
It was not surprising, as no other contestant could climb beyond the mark set by the Freeman Choir as first contestant of the competition, upon seeing the latter emerge tops in the competition, making a mark of 58.4 percent.
The Mount Olivet Choir, the bitterest rival of the Freeman Choir, placed second, scoring a mark of 54.8.
The third position went to the host choir, Ebenezer Methodist with the Shalom Choir placing fourth.
The conference, which was on the theme, ‘The Church my Parish – Harnessing Diverse Gifts for Mission – The role of the Choir,’ saw new executives elected to steer the affairs of the Circuit for the next two years.
Brother George Nii Ankamah Kofie was elected Chairman, with the Vice Chairperson going to Sister Henritha Anderson.
Sister Jemima Eshun was also elected Secretary, with Ebenezer Baidoo elected Music Director of the Circuit.
Reverend Mensah Bonsu and the Diocessan immediate Past Chairman, Bro Alex Peter Hope, consecrated the officers into office at a church service.
Brother Alex Hope, in an address, exalted the new officers and urged to be righteous servants. This was because the growth and otherwise of the choirs in the circuit fell on their shoulders. Earlier, in an address, the Circuit Chairman underscored the importance of working together as choristers.
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