Lobatse Civic centre will host the annual Gaborone Diocese Catholic Church choirs’ festival this forthcoming weekend. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Church choirs’ Association Public Relations Officer, Douglas Mogwe said the festival will for the first time include six-tex ensembles (six singers).
“The festival is going to start with Mass at 0730 hours, conducted by the Bishop of Gaborone Diocese, Right Reverend Bishop Valentine Tsamma Seane. Immediately after the Mass the first choir will ascend the stage at 0900 hours,” said Mogwe.
He said the activities of the day will be divided into two sessions. In the first session choirs will compete in the Hymns and Western pieces. In the second session the audience will be treated to African pieces.
Eleven choirs will compete in the C-section category (choirs with less than 30 choristers); five will compete in the Standard (choirs whose membership ranges between 30 and 60) and only four will compete in the Large section (Choirs with more than 60 members).
“For ensembles we have three Female choirs and two male choirs, two soloists as well as the seemingly interesting six-tex. This ensembles category is excluded from the hymn, Western and African competition as it has its own prescribed pieces,” said Mogwe.
The best two choirs in each category will each receive a floating trophy. They will also participate in the inter-diocesan festival which will be held in December and will be hosted by Botswana. Catholic Church choirs from South Africa, Botswana and Uganda will participate in the inter-diocesan festival.
Mogwe said for entry adults pay P50 each, choristers P40 while children will pay P20. He expressed joy over the fact that choirs are growing in numbers and this raises hope for the future of music in the Catholic Church. Festivals were introduced in the late 1990’s with the main objective of promoting music in the Catholic Church.