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All sold out

The finals of the inaugural Joyful Voices Choir Competition will be staged tomorrow at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre on Country Road, St. Michael.

The groups which were chosen at the January 26 preliminaries at People’s Cathedral to go through to the finals are the Moravian Disciples, Bethel Circuit Worship Team, Endless Praise, Purpose Driven, Christian Mission Youth Ministry and New Life.

An exuberant Alison Roach, who came up with the idea at 2 o’clock one morning, said the response to the initiative had been so overwhelming that tickets were sold out within the first five days leading up to the event and now there is no more room left.

Roach told High Note that the competition, organised by CITA Gospel Radio 90.1FM, attracted 21 groups, from whom 15 were selected at the preliminaries.

“We should have taken five groups to the finals, but the competition was so hard, we had to take six. We even have to bring back some groups as guests,” she explained.

For example, she drew attention to a choir from the Israel Lovell Foundation, in which the youngest member is 73 and the oldest is 86. Also returning as guests performers will be the River Road New Testament Church of God Youth Choir and the Hindsbury Primary and Vauxhall Primary schools choirs.

Other guests performers, who did not enter the contest, are Sister Margreta Marshall, Silvertones of Barbados, The Warrior, Allison Norville-Forde, Gozzy and Youth Synergy Worship/Warfare Dancers.

Roach said close to 150 people, comprising the various groups, took to the stage during the preliminaries just to sing and praise God.

“From the time word went out about the competition, people were knocking down our doors and the sponsors asking for tickets. The response has been tremendous. Some people even told me we should have two shows,” added Roach.

She also said people had been suggesting it should be held at a larger venue such as the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, “but I will let God lead me into what he wants me to do and how I should go about it”.

However, Roach gave the assurance that next year’s contest would be bigger and better. She noted that the concept behind the competition was to bring together people to praise and worship God, using Christian-based songs only and that the groups must comprise 10 or more members.

The young Christian woman observed that people had responded in such an exceptional manner, it seemed they had been hungry for an event like this for a long, long time.

“I was nervous and frightened at first, but I’m now taking it all in,” she admitted.

Roach said the entrants to the competition covered almost all denominations in Barbados, including Seventh Day Adventists, Nazarene and Wesleyans.

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