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Franciscan Choir pulls off exciting Easter concert

By Mathias Mazinga

Added 19th April 2019 01:56 PM

They treated their fans to an extensive repertoire of Lenten and Easter songs. Their repertoire included classical pieces/hymns by composers like Mozart, Handel and Kevin Boesiger.

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The Franciscan Choir in action during their Easter concert at KCCA grounds on Sunday. Photos by Mathias Mazinga

They treated their fans to an extensive repertoire of Lenten and Easter songs. Their repertoire included classical pieces/hymns by composers like Mozart, Handel and Kevin Boesiger.

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KAMPALA - The Franciscan Choir, the choral group that leads the singing during the 11:00 am Sunday mass at Christ the King Church (Kampala) continued to demonstrate its musical versatility during an open-air concert that it staged at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Grounds on Sunday.

They treated their fans to an extensive repertoire of Lenten and Easter songs. Their repertoire included classical pieces/hymns by composers like Mozart, Handel and Kevin Boesiger. They also sang negro-spirituals and local sacred songs by Ugandan composers like Fr Dr Joseph Namukangula, Fr James Kabuye, Polycarp Ochola and Charles Omondi.

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The Franciscans made their concert even livelier by featuring the Pearl performers, a secular folk ensemble that wowed fans with a variety of traditional music and dance. The choir invoked the participation of their fans by singing congregational hymns like Yezu Leero Asinze (by the White Fathers).

The guest of honour, Dr Julian Omara (the founding director of Delight Uganda) was impressed by the performance of the Franciscan choristers. She donated sh2,000,000 and also encouraged other Christians and Ugandans of good will to support the choir.

The president of the choir, Ronald Kasozi and the coordinator of the board of trustees, Deo Kasozi Walukaali, thanked the choirs’ fans for their moral and financial support. They also thanked the parish-priest of Christ the King Church, Msgr Gerald Kalumba for his commitment to the choir.

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The choir’s music director and conductor, Ambrose Kizito and the organist, Tony Nsubuga demonstrated great skill and understanding. The choir’s affiliate ensemble, Franciscan band that comprised alto-saxophonist Happy Kyazze, pianist Dennis Lubega and rhythm-guitarist Aloysius Migadde also worked marvels.

After the four-part concert, the fans treated themselves to a fifth-part, which emcee Simon Kaggwa Njala referred to as “swallowship.”

In any case, the Franciscan choir ably ushered their fans into the mood of Easter. It also enabled the congregation to understand better the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ, the Lord and saviour of mankind.

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