If you didn’t get a chance to visit Guyana’s National Song Festival then here is a recap:
The National Song festival was held at the National Cultural Centre on the 13th January, 2013 where many groups from across the country competed for top honours, cash prizes and trophies.
This festival, a new addition to the Ministry’s yearly calendar of activities, ran for a few weeks and was developed to revitalize choral singing across the nation. According to the Coordinator for the festival, Mr. Andrew Tyndall, the objectives of this festival are:
1) To provide the opportunity for creative expression
2) To provide the necessary training for the resuscitation of good choral singing
3) To discover and showcase of new talent
4) To Foster of national pride through the singing of national songs
The committee for the festival also plans to offer training to the various competing groups in the form of music workshops across Guyana.
Through this, the Ministry hopes that communities, church groups and other members of civil society will enjoy the performances of national songs as it promotes a great sense of national pride in the performers and listeners.
The competition allowed for singing groups across Guyana to compete in two categories: Small Groups (three to ten persons) (Trios, Quartets, Quintets and Sextets) and Choirs (ranging from15 to 30 persons).
The groups emerging as winners in the first annual competition were:
Small Group Category
3rd – Circle of Love
2nd – The J4 Inspiration
1st – The Messengers
3rd – Brickdam Cathedral
2nd – Saska Heraldiers
1st – New Amsterdam Secondary School
Congratulations to all the winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!