2013 Easter Cantata of Cathedral Church of St. Peter Choir
Sunday, 7th April, 2013 will ever remain memorable in the lives of Music Lovers in and around Asaba. It was the Easter Cantata of Cathedral Church of St Peter Choir Asaba. It was a display of Musical artistry by not only the host Choir but also various Church Choirs present to grace the occasion. Amongst the Choirs present were Catholic Church of Assumption Choir Zappa Asaba, Apostolic Church Choir Asaba, St. John Anglican Church Choir Anwai Road Asaba, and Christ Holy Church Choir Asaba.
The programme for the day moderated by Mr Bassey Asiekwu started at about 4: 50pm as against 4: 00 pm originally advertised. It started with Opening Hymn from Ancient and Modern Revised 224 – ‘Crown Him with many Crowns’ which was a congregational song and we have the following at the Organ – Mr Samuel Oladiran Faroore (Host Choir Organist), Dr Chidi Oku Guest Organist from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi who was until recently Music Director of Cathedral Church of St. Peter Choir, Mr Freeborn Eruviadje (Host Choir Organist), Sir Simeon Ukpedor, etc. The Opening Hymn was followed by Opening Prayers by the Archdeacon in the Cathedral who also gave the Welcome Address. This was followed by an Anthem from the Host Choir titled: I am the Resurrection (Chorus by Prof. Dan Agu).
Next on the programme was the first Bible lesson for the day taken by the youngest Chorister among the Host Choir, Miss Kwuluje Glory from Isaiah 53: 1 – 2. After the first bible reading it was the turn of the first Guest Choir, Christ Holy Church Choir Asaba to perform. The rendered an anthem which gave them standing ovation at the end of their performance. Then we heard the second Bible reading taken by one of the Host Choir organist, Sir Simeon Ukpedor read from Psalm 2: 1 – 9. After this was the turn of another Guest Choir, Catholic Church of Assumption Choir Zappa Asaba. Of all the Guest Choir present, it was this Choir that came with the highest number of Choristers. They thrilled the audience well and they received an outstanding ovation at the end.
The congregation had the opportunity to join in the singing as we had a congregational song taken from Ancient and Modern Revised 375 – ‘Let All The World In Every Corner Sing’. The third Bible reading by Dame Isioma Nwabuoku, Secretary Delta State House of Assembly Commission and a member of Cathedral Church of St. Peter taken from John 20: 10 – 18 came up. It was followed by a Solo Performance done by Miss Chinelo Okolo. The Host Choir also presented Awake the Harp (Chorus by Joseph Haydn). Then it was the turn of Engr. Henry Chuka Omo (KSC) a prominent member of Cathedral Church of St. Peter to read the fourth Bible reading. It was taken from John 11: 20 – 27. The fourth Bible reading was following by a Solo Performance done by
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The performance of The Apostolic Church Choir was followed by Fifth Bible Reading taken by a female Medical Doctor at Federal Medical Centre Asaba and also a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter Dr (Mrs) Onwuka whose reading followed a Solo performance done by the Assistant Choirmaster of the host Choir, Mr Tony Nwangwuma. This Solo Performance was followed by an anthem from the Host Choir – Oh praise the Lord with one consent (Chorus by George Fredrick Handel). Then came the Sixth lesson for the day taken by The Asaba Diocesan Bishop’s Chaplain, Rev. Emmanuel Amaje and one of the staff of Cathedral Church. The lesson was taken from Luke 24: 36 – 44, 48 & 49.
After the sixth lesson, St. John’s Anglican Church Choir Anwai Road, Asaba mounted the rostrum to take their turn. They sang beautifully to the admiration of the audience. Thereafter there was a combine performance by all the Choirs present. The title of their song was ‘See the Conquering Hero comes (Chorus by George Frederick Handel). It was a marvelous performance that thrilled the audience. After this performance, it was the turn of yours sincerely, Tabugbo Morgan Uzoma, a staff of Cathedral Church of St. Peter, to read the last lesson for the day taken from 1 Corinthians 15: 50 – 58. After I have read the seventh lesson, the host Choir presented ‘Sing the Lord Ye Voices All (Chorus by Joseph Haydn).
This wonderful presentation by the host Choir was followed by another Hymn for exhortation Low in the grave he lay. The exhortation was taken by the Archdeacon in the Cathedral, Venerable Charles N. Osemenam. His exhortation was followed by General Thanksgiving with music by the Cathedral Gospel Band. The thanksgiving was followed by Closing Prayers and Benediction. The Hallelujah (Chorus by George Fredrick Handel) was sang by the choirs present and the members of the congregation. The last item on the programme was the withdrawal Hymn – Guide me O thou Great Redeemer taken from Ancient and Modern Revised
The 2013 Easter Cantata was graced by so many dignitaries from within and around Asaba. We had the Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Asaba, Honourable Justice (Sir) & Lady Frank Nwulu (Rtd) in attendance. Sir & Lady Mike Okechukwu, one of the Patrons and sponsors of the Host Choir was also in attendance. It all ended with fanfare and entertainment of Guest Choirs present. Sincerely some people have already started thinking of the 2014 edition. Of a truth, if you live in or around Asaba and you love music, always come to Cathedral Church of St. Peter Asaba to worship. There we are treated to classic songs week in and week out. For this reason, the Bishop of Asaba Diocese, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu has adjudged them as the Best Choir in Nigeria having served in the Northern part of Nigeria too.