By Confidente Reporter
THE Old Mutual National Gospel Choir Festival grand finale took place on 7 October at the Hosiana Parish, Katutura.
The competition saw 20 choirs from different congregations across the country competing for the grand prize.
This festival provides a platform for Namibians to celebrate our love for choral music and for the different churches to showcase their talent and passion for singing, said Kosmas Egumbo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Old Mutual Group, in his opening remarks.
All choirs gave a captivating performance for the Youth and Mature categories. The choirs were required to perform two songs, the prescribed song as well as the song of their choice.
“This festival is important in fostering the existing relationships with churches, our customers and the broader community we serve,” Egumbo said.
Old Mutual has a long and tested mutually rewarding relationship with the churches in Namibia, through various business and empowerment programs. The National Gospel Choir Festival which, Old Mutual through the Old Mutual Foundation made possible, with a contribution of over N$750 000 further cemented that relationship.
The winners were as follows:
//Ae – //Gams Youth Choir (N$40 000 first prize)
St John Apostolic Faith Mission (N$20 000 second prize)
Sion Youth Choir (N$15 000 third prize)
Mature Age Category
Sion Mass Choir (N$40 000 first prize)Ephesians Parish Choir (N$20 000 second prize)
Alpha Choir (N$15 000 third prize)
The two categories were introduced due to the diverse entries received during the competition and that the techniques differ in mature and youth groups, and so does the energy required.
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