Thursday, September 08, 2005

Coptic music wins

The Egyptian Coptic Choir is back in Cairo after participating in the seventh Rhodes International Music Festival. The 13-member choir conducted by Dr Usama Asham sang the two acapella works Adieu Sweet Amaryllis and Weep O Mine Eyes, which were compulsory in the festival competition.
The choir then presented traditional Coptic hymns such as Tin Ti Nembi, Golgotha, Kaneesaty al-Qibtiya (My Coptic Church), and ended its performance with the Egyptian national anthem Bilady, Bilady sung in Coptic.
The Choir won the Distinguished Performance Diploma, which Dr Asham dedicated to the soul of the late Dr Adel Kamel (1942 -2003) who was a distinguished musicologist whose life mission was to preserve and spread Coptic music. Dr Kamel who was music editor at Watani and founder and editor of its Panorama sector, had for years been technical consultant of the Egyptian Coptic Choir.

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