Hark the herald...

Hark the herald...
Shiny gifts wrapped in silver paper were spread across the stage.

To add to the festivities, gleaming stars hung from the ceiling and white streamers adorned the walls. Excitement clung to the air at the Ambedkar Bhavan auditorium as music lovers waited with baited breath for the curtains to rise.

As the velvet red curtains rose higher and lilting tunes reached a crescendo, the whispers died down and the voices of a majestic troupe of youngsters thundered through as they sang, ‘Declare His Glory’. The ‘Glorious’ choir, Bengaluru’s most-noted gospel youth group, beckoned the festive fervour recently, by presenting signature choral tunes with style and finesse.

With a theme called ‘Through It All’, ‘Glorious’, gleaming in their stunning, black uniforms, presented a plethora of worship and upbeat songs such as ‘Christmas Season’, ‘Middle of a Miracle’ and ‘End of a Beginning’ to herald the colourful Christmas season. The Junior Choir, who looked like purple little cherubs, also sang beautiful melodies of promises of new beginnings and second chances. The 100 voices and many harmonies seamlessly came together as they sang famous songs, including ‘Mary Did You Know’ and the din that followed was deafening.

The evening also saw personal narratives of faith and restoration by different soloists, which built a rapport with the audience instantly and broke the fine line between the audience and artiste. Solos, duets and harmonies recounted the captivating nativity story and redefined its relevance to our times.

Founded by Reji and Esther Chandy, the concert provided for an entertaining experience as Reji wittily and cheerfully engaged with the audience. ‘Glorious’ proved that music knows no age, as youngsters and the old could be seen singing along and tapping their feet  to the choir’s music.  To bring the Christmas spirit, the choir sang fun tunes like ‘Ring the bells’ and ‘Rigging up the Lights’. But what was extremely catchy was the vernacular medley which comprised Malayalam, Hindi and Tamil melodies.

The concert culminated with a collective praying, led by a pastor, the choir and the audience singing, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Feliz Navidad’, in unison. The music of ‘Through It All’ mainly portrayed that music is timeless and the concert stood testament to the fact that music acts as a tapestry of hope, service and healing. After a successful Christmas concert, the choir will be performing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi during the month of January.

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