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Choir's sweet victory

Reijeli Robanakadavu
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

IT was sweet victory for second time choir competition winners, the Tidworth Fijian Methodist Fellowship, at the weekend.

Choir master Manasa Vula Gonemaituba said the choir came this year prepared to take part and raise the level of the competition.

"Preparing the members who knew little knowledge of singing and going through a lot of challenges has taught me many things," he said.

"We had been preparing since January this year and I have always been adamant on the motto of doing the possible from all the impossible."

Mr Gonemaituba said their hymn was translated by the late Ratu Aca Vunakece of the Raiwaqa Church Circuit and sung by the church Sunday School choir in 1993.

He said choir members came to the competition with the blessings of members of the other denominations and padres after the presentation of the hymn last week.

"We went through many hardships during the past few months as a choir, especially choosing the right time and soloists but it paid off and winning was icing on the cake.

"Nearing the choir competition there was choir practise for a whole week and soloists practise also but the members were very enduring to the end."

He thanked his mentors — the late Ratu Aca and Sailosi Kocovanua, Jone Biukoto, Toni Lagicere and Ratu Asesela Naborisi Junior — for their support and teaching.

Mr Gonemaituba said he learnt a lot from his comrade and UK Fijian Methodist choir master Tomasi Kanailagi.

Mr Kanailagi said the level of singing had improved over the past three years.

"The standard increases every year and choirs are better organised, uniformed and new choirs are entering the competition every year," he said.

"A few years ago there were only three to four choirs competing, now there are more categories and the growth is really good."

Mr Kanailagi said the singing competition was won by Tidworth Fijian Methodist, second place went to Plymouth Church and third was won by Colchester Church.

The South Circuit members will host the conference next year.


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