National youth choir emerges as number one in The Commonwealth


The Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Choir outperformed choirs in 51 other Commonwealth nations to emerge winners of The Commonwealth Community Choir Competition 2016.

The choir entered the competition last year but recently received the good news that they will share the top spot with Uganda on the African continent.

“We are excited about it,” exclaimed Renee Smith, Choir Director.

“It is a reminder that we have the potential to achieve great things as Antiguans,” she said.

“And we pledge to continue to raise the standard and raise it boldly,” Smith added.

As the winner, the national youth choir will be invited to travel to London (with all travel costs fully-funded) in Spring 2018 to perform and record the winning music.

They will also take up a 12-month role as a “Commonwealth Music Ambassador” from Commonwealth Day 2018.

Before they could celebrate the choir had to perform three tasks and then make its submission electronically.

First, they sang The Commonwealth Anthem, then A Song For The Commonwealth by Simon Haw and finally a local/national song which is inspired by the theme: “Music for Peace and Development”

The choir chose to sing Unity with lyrics by John Hewlett and music by Dr. George Roberts.

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  1. Congrats to the youth choir. Please continue to be productive and positive individuals. Our society needs that. Good luck to you all in your future endeavors as a choir and as individuals. You have made the country proud.

  2. Congratulations to you all. I have admired the talent and discipline of this Choir over several. A recognition well deserved. ????????????. To your Leaders a job well done.

  3. Congratulations to all. Continue to let your voices fill the air. Coodoes, to director Smith.

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