Holy Family Catholic Choir on Christmas Eve came out top in the Globe Sing A Christmas Carol competition held at Globe Internet premises in Blantyre.
The choir, which shrugged off competition from seven other choirs, could not hold its excitement when master of ceremonies Dorothy Kachitsa announced that they were this year’s winners of the Christmas Carol competition.
As winners, the choir, which won the hearts of a three-member panel of judges led by veteran musician Wyndham Chechamba, received K250,000.
“It’s an exciting moment for us, we prepared well and praise God that we have come out tops. Being a competition, you don’t know how it would pan out, but praise God we have come out victors,” one of the group’s members Martha Mfuyeni, said.
The contest saw the eight groups perform two carols each celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Nthemba CCAP came second and received K200,000 whereas St Martins Choir-Chirimba and St Martins-Makhetha came third and fourth pocketing K150,000 and K100,000, respectively. Chitsitsimutso Choir was fifth and received K75,000.
The other choirs that participated in the competition, which started with preliminary round before going to the grand finale, included Precious Blood, St Mary’s-Chiwale and St Peters- Bangwe.
Chechamba said it was a contest that showed that choirs understand the beauty of singing.
Last year I was also here but not as a judge and this year I was part of the judging panel. Choirs worked hard. A few things to work on but overall the performances were good. We based our scores on among, others thing, presentation, carols, voice and dressing,” the veteran musician said.
Globe Internet Managing Director Ranjan Perera said he enjoyed the performances of all the choirs.
“All choirs performed beautifully and all of them were unique in their own way. We created this competition to bring together choirs and celebrate Christmas,” Perera said.
He said they would continue with the competition which, this year, was in its seventh edition.