Zimbabwe Wins Two Silver Medals in the 2023 Lisbon Sings Competition
The Choice Children’s Choir has announced that they won two silver awards at the International Lisbon Sings competition. The competition, which took place from November 9 to November 13, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, is a well-known choral competition in Europe and around the world. The Choir competed in G1 – Children’s Choirs and F – Folklore, just missing out on the Gold by one point.
They competed against 32 other choirs from around the world, as the only Zimbabwean and African participant. Their performances received praise from the international panel of five jurors because of their energy, dancing, technical skills, and emotive interpretation of the music. At the Closing Ceremony, when the Choir was chosen as one of five choirs out of 33 to perform as the highlight of the Competition and Awards Ceremony. Their showcase of the Zimbabwean traditional music and dance was appreciated by their audience who included some from Brazil.
“We are so honoured and proud to have been awarded two Silvers at the Lisbon Sings Championship Categories,” said Bright Gwati, the director of the Choice Children’s Choir. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for our children who competed in some cases against adult choirs from Europe and conquered, I am so proud of all of our hard work and having raised the Zimbabwean flag high.”
This is the latest in a series of successes for the Choice Children’s Choir which resumed its touring
schedule after breaking during the COVID years. Previously they competed in the World Choir Games in Tshwane 2018. The Choir now looks forward to going for Gold in Auckland New Zealand at the 13th International World Choir Games 2024.
The Choice Children’s Choir is a vibrant and talented group of young singers from the City of Harare who audition and prove that they have what it takes to compete on the international stage. The choir is dedicated to developing the best of Harare’s singing talent in schools and providing the opportunity to compete on the world stage proving that Zimbabwe has equally got the talent to compete against other singers from around the world.
They returned back to Zimbabwe on Wednesday where they were received by their families at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.