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Sounds from Lilongwe Community Choir

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A new group known as Lilongwe Community Choir has born.

The accapella group which recently performed at a public concert at Gateway Shoprite to create a Christmas mood started this year.

According to one of the members Chisomo Kauma, the group is ready to give out more to people.

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And having performed at Gateway Shoprite as part of celebrating Christmas, the group also performed at Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe to present the best 20 carols.

Kauma said the Lilongwe Community Choir is an inclusive singing group established to bring together people of different backgrounds into singing.

He said this is an interdenominational group which brings together people from different churches.

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“Any person is welcome to join the group. There is no need for auditions as one purpose of the group is to teach people how to read music and sing; this is why no experience is required to join the group,” said Kauma.

He said the Choir is truly a community organisation and that its members are a representative cross-section of diverse districts.

“The membership is not restricted to Lilongwe, it is open to every person interested in all districts provided the person will be able to attend choir practices and music lessons,” said Kauma.

He said that many people see themselves as ‘non singers’ because of previous experiences of criticism and judgment.

“Many are excluded from singing activities because they do not have music-reading skills or trained voices. Our work aims to counteract these experiences and give people confidence in their voices by providing them with a supportive learning environment and a suitable repertoire,” he said.

Kauma said the objective of the group is to among others to promote, improve, develop and maintain 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.

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