Harmonious Chorale, an award-winning interdenominational choir based in Accra is set to represent Ghana in the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music “Hajnowka” in Bialystok Poland.
The festival which is organized under the patronage of the President of Poland, as well as the Patronage of the Polish Minister of Culture, will take place from 15 May 2019 to 20 May 2019.
International Festival of Orthodox Church Music has hosted over 850 choirs from six continents since its inception in 1982.
With a 38 member team made up of 32 singers, four instrumentalists, one sound engineer in the person of Dominic Ansa-Asare of Mido Productions and conductor by James Varrick Armaah, Harmonious Chorale is the only choir from Africa participating in this year’s event.
The aim of the festival is to present the great artistic and spiritual values of Orthodox Church music. It also creates opportunities for discussions, meetings, exchanges of experiences and forming new relationships between participants from different backgrounds and.
Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee, the founder and Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries is the Chairman of the Harmonious Chorale. The choir is under the directorship of James Varrick Armaah (founder of Harmonious Chorale), composer of popular choral song, ‘Oye’, and graduate from the school of performing arts Music Department of the University of Ghana, Legon.
Harmonious Chorale is the first choir to represent Ghana at the 2018 World Choir Games held in South Africa .