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Lilongwe Community Choir takes music reading to the public

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In a move that is aimed at helping propel music in the country; Lilongwe Community Choir (LCC) will on Saturday and Sunday conduct a choral workshop at Chiwoko Primary School.

They may not be known to others but they are doing more in music development.

Director and founder Dan Kauma said yesterday that LCC is an exclusive singing group established to bring together people of different backgrounds.

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“This is an interdenominational group which brings together people from different churches. Any person is welcome to join the group,” he said.

Kauma said there is no need for auditions to be part of LCC stressing that one purpose of the group is to teach people how to read music and sing.

“This is why no experience is required. As I have said the purpose of the choir is the study and practice of music in order to maintain a high standard of singing performance,” Kauma said.

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He said the choral workshop was free and open to the public as this is part of building capacity on how to read music.

He said their objectives as a group still remain that of promoting, improving, developing and maintaining public education in and appreciation of the art and science of choral music in all its aspects by the presentation of public concerts and recitals.

“We usually have an ear for good music; but what about the eyes? If you want to take your music education further, it’s essential to know how to read music,” Kauma said.

He added:

“The skill to read and write music is just like any other language. If we cannot read or write then we can’t go very far with it. This is a serious challenge with many musicians in the country.”

Kauma said learning to read music is absolutely necessary for classical and any other music.

He said the choral workshop is a clinic open to bands, choirs, instrument players, solo singers, accapella groups, expressive arts primary school teachers among others.

Kauma, who is a choral composer and conductor with over 17 years experience in classical music, said the workshop will cover lots of topics.

He said that as Malawians “we should know that to learn music reading or any instrument does not make you a musician but that sometimes you have to learn things just to appreciate or understand what real musicians do,” he said.

Kauma said LCC wants people to have the basic skills that will enable them to sing confidently in a community-based choir and enjoy the experience.

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