Honeywell Nine Lessons and Carols auditions 6 choirs in Anambra
By O’star Eze
Honeywell Hotel, Umuchu in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, Saturday, played host to an audition of six select choral groups from various parts of Anambra State for a forthcoming Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which has been scheduled to hold December 20, 2019.
The choral groups were Angelic Voices from Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, Awka, Anambra Broadcasting Service Chorale group, Voce Angelica Chorale Group, Immanuel Church choir, Isuofia, Cathedral Church choir, Ekwulobia, and St Luke’s Church choir, Okpoko.
The audition which was held by the hotel’s swimming pool saw these choral groups singing three Christmas songs each; with two among them being classical songs.
Speaking on why he chose to power the event, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, the Chief Executive Officer of Orient Group of which Honeywell Hotel was a subsidiary of, said it was intended as a foretaste of an evangelizing experience during the forthcoming Christmas celebrated.
Ezeemo stated that he had also wanted to provide quality experiences for people in the local communities noting that there was undue concentration of attention in the cities for enriching experiences especially during festive periods.
In his words, “If we all go to the city, it will be densely populated and that would pose a problem, while our localities remain undeveloped. So, I felt that this idea of organizing a Christmas carol of this quality was a good way of evangelizing Christ Jesus and as well providing a novel and enriching experience for our people who would have had to travel far to the cities to find a replica.”
On her part, the chairman of the Honeywell Carol and Nine Lessons planning committee, Rotr. Joy Mbachi expressed joy at the success of the audition describing the experience as overwhelming. She thanked Mr Godwin Ezeemo for sponsoring the project and thanked the groups that graced the occasion for coming. She also disclosed that the main event would come up on December 20 and would be done in a larger capacity with the choral group that excels above the rest going home with a whooping price.
One of the judges at the event, Reverend Fr. Emmanuel Umezinwa, a doctor of music at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka noted that music played a key role in religious practice especially in Christianity. He enjoined choristers to be wary of watering down solemn Christian songs meant for the upbuilding of the soul into mere entertaining songs. Speaking about the location of the event, Umezinwa said, “Umuchu is becoming a tourist attraction and I must appreciate Mr Godwin Ezeemo for building such a beautiful hotel here and introducing such beautiful activities here, I am sure that the people living around this locality would be pleased to experience this carol in December.”
Highpoint of the event was the singing of the Hallelujah chorus by all the choral groups together as they positioned themselves all over the architectural beauty of the poolside which had several members of the audience reportedly reeling in ecstatic joy.