19 choirs from 10 nations came together from January 16-20 2020 in Japan for INTERKULTUR’s Sing’n’Pray Kobe festival and competition.
Diocesan School Old Boys’ Association Choir from China/Hong Kong SAR, under the direction of Ronnie Kay Yen Cheng, achieved top marks in the Adult Choirs section of the competition; Syukugawa Angel Choir Nezu from Japan, directed by Nezu Yoshiko, won the Children’s and Youth Choirs section and was also honoured as the overall winner of Sing’n’Pray Kobe 2020.
Altogether, the jury awarded nine Gold Diplomas together with six Silver and three Bronze.
The event ended with the national Pray from Kobe concert dedicated to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami which hit the area around Fukushima in March 2011. The concert was followed by a prize-giving ceremony for the participants in the competition category, Music of Spirit & Faith.
Various groups from Hyogo and Miyagi Prefecture performed, followed by a joint performance of the song Furosato by all choirs and the entire audience, conducted by INTERKULTUR Artistic Director Fred Sjöberg. Diocesan School Old Boys’ Association Choir from China/Hong Kong SAR contributed to the Pray from Kobe concert and sent an important message out in the world by performing Carry Happiness to Ones in Need.
Header photo: On stage at Sing’n’Pray Kobe 2020 © INTERKULTUR