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Bishop’s mini Church choirs festival slated for next weekend

The annual Bishop’s mini festival of the Gaborone Diocese of the Catholic Church has been scheduled for Saturday 11th May. The venue for the event is St Joseph’s College multipurpose hall.

In an interview with Sunday Standard, the Public Relations Officer for the Association of Catholic Church Choirs (ACCC), Darkie Mogwe, said this year, 23 choirs are expected to participate in this second year of the festival. This means an increase of seven choirs. Since last year, the first event attracted 17 choirs.

“This year four choirs are going to participate on the Large Section category. This refers to choirs whose membership reaches sixty. Eight are going to participate in the Standard section- choirs whose choristers’ number ranges between 35 and 40. While 10 choirs are going to participate in the C section-choirs whose singing membership is 30 members and below,” he said.

The first position winners and their runners up are going to go away with trophies that have been purchased by the Bishop’s Office, solely for this very event.

“Last year, it proved to be a successful event, hence we have decided that it be an annual event. The aim of this event is to promote singing in the church. It has been discovered that Catholics are in love with music from other denominations; in the process letting down their own,” said Mogwe.

That is why the festival is characterized by composition in the psalms and the Kyrie (Lord have mercy) music pieces that all the choirs are going to compete on in their different categories. The technical teams of each choir, he said, are going to compose melody and rhythm for their respective choirs in respective categories.

He said the proceedings from the event – mostly from the P30 adult and P10 children admission fees – are going to be divided between the Bishop’s office and the Association.

The Bishop’s office is especially going to use the funds for the construction of Ave Maria convention center currently under construction near Botho College. The other funds are usually used in charity since the diocese has several charity projects around Gaborone and far flung places. He said the event is expected to take the whole day.

It is expected to start with Mass (or service) conducted by the Diocesan Bishop, Right Reverent Valentine Tsamma Seane.

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