Undoubtedly, one of Ghana’s best chorale group, Harmonious Chorale has been awarded a gold medal at the annual World Choir Games. The event took place on Saturday 7th July at the Sun Arena, South Africa.
Participating in the ceremony for the first time, the chorale group displayed the rich Ghanaian culture with their costume, dancing and songs. The choir participated in three categories namely; category 09-Mixed choirs, Category 16-Musica Sacra with Accompaniment and Category 27-Scenic Folklore of the open competition.
According to Myjoyonline.com ‘Harmonious Chorale Ghana achieved ‘Golden Diploma-Level 1’ after earning 20.73 points, placing second to The University of Western Cape Creative Arts-South Africa by a margin of 1.84 points in the category 09-Mixed choirs.
The choir performed songs such as’ La Nuit, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Mema M’aniso and Aseda Nka Nyame. In category 16, Musica Sacra with Accompaniment. Harmonius Chorale performed, Cantique de Jean Racine, this is the Day, Thou Knowest Lord and AbofoRekyin by Newlove Annan, which all earned them a Golden Diploma-Level IV after earning 23.74 points, placing fourth to Cantoholics from Austria by a margin of 1.34 points.
At the end of the competition, Harmonious Chorale was crowned the overall winner of the Category 27-Scenic Floklore, earning 22.80 points, bringing to the table a total of 3 gold medals.
The World Choir Games organized by Interkultur is the largest choral event in the world, with the idea based on the Olympic Games ideals, which aims to peacefully unify people and nations connected by songs in a fair competition.
Participating choirs are evaluated by an international jury in accordance with the general MUSICA MUNDI evaluation system (30 points system) and awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Diplomas. The choir receiving the Gold Diploma with the most points is awarded the title “Winner of the World Choir Games-The open Competition.