It will be a kaleidoscope of heads, colourful costumes and arrangement of voices as Christ Apostolic Church, Yaba Mass Choir engages in an exciting choral concert to celebrate its 20th year anniversary. In its 78 years of inception, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Yaba has consistently produced musicians through its classical music platform. And it is worth noting that today’s gospel music had its root in Apostolic Church music with many successful Nigerian gospel musicians beginning their careers from the church choir.
CAC Yaba Mass Choir affiliated to the Royal School of Music, UK, in line with tradition celebrates the 20th anniversary of her formidable choir with a mega choral concert featuring a massive 400 voices to be held on Sunday, March 18, at the church headquarter, Odewale Street, Alagomeji, off Hughes Avenue, Yaba, Lagos.
Unveiling the theme of the concert as “Songs of Praise 2018,” the Superintendent of the church, Pastor S. E. A. Oludare revealed that it is going to be one of the major events of the year that will attract people from all over the world to witness the power of music and evangelism. “Christ Apostolic Church Yaba has members all over the world. We are hoping to attract the most influential members of the church across the globe to be here with us. Our vision is to make CAC Yaba a headquarter of praise music. The type of music we are showcasing is mainly classical concert music. It is music presented in its original form, both in English and local languages. This programme over the years has been able to revive and redirect how music should be,” Oludare said.
The chairperson, concert planning committee, Deaconess Shade Jacobs while speaking with Vanguard Arts & Reviews said “Christ Apostolic Church, Yaba will be 78 years this year. The mother church will be celebrating a centenary at the end of this year and this mass choir will be 20 years on the 18th of March. God has been very faithful to us and it has been a very good way of drawing people to Christ, evangelizing and listening to good music that lifts the soul. The Lord even told us that what we cannot achieve by prayer, we can achieve by praise.
“We have tested this over the years and it has really worked. For this reason, participation in the programme has been tremendous as people always ask when next are we doing the programme. The beauty of this particular one is that we have over 400 choristers participating in the mass choir singing comprising about 30 different CAC churches scattered all over Lagos. People’s problems have been solved by coming to the programmes, listening to the music and it has increased our church membership tremendously. It has also impacted the life of our youths richly in the way of the Lord.” Deaconess Jacobs said.