IN- the words of the founder Israel Dzangare “no matter what, do not drop out in the National Choir Festival competition. The choir kept those words at heart, managed to bring several trophies home and they have been promoted to the large category.
In 1995 Israel Dzangare decided to join the prestigious competition in South Africa to compete under the Limpopo province. The choir traveled there every year and they never stopped. This decision made choral music in Zimbabwe grow because of the exposure which was given to CHS choristers who later on spread the same exposure to church choirs and school choirs.
The journey in the Old Mutual National choir festival was not easy for Chitungwiza harmony singers (CHS).The road was bumpy all the way with ups and downs sometimes the choir will reach to some breaking points without the hope of rising again. Through perseverance and a strong Christian foundation CHS managed to maintain its brand as the best Choir in the country.
CHS for the past three years 2015, 2016 and 2017 among other previous years 2000,2005,2007 and 2012 respectively managed to take the first position in the regional championship. This made them qualify for the finals in South Africa and with this the Old Mutual team decided to promote the choir to the large category for 2018 due to consistency. The choir is so excited to take part in this category and they have also recruited twenty five new amazing voices to prepare for this challenging category.
Large category compromises of the big choirs and they are given complex music as prescription and placing is based on points. Only ten best choirs will be represent their province or country at the finals. National Choir Festival (NCF) has more than fifty large choirs registered with them so this is going to require CHS to work extra hard to be part of the top ten choirs this year.