By Our Reporter | Shillong, July 07, 2018:
Music runs through the veins of every Shillongites! or so it seems. During the past few years, the globally acclaimed Shillong Chamber Choir lifted the city’s musical image to a whole new level. But SCC is not the only choir which is on a mission to put Shillong in the global musical map.
Shillong’s very own Aroha Junior Choir led by State’s renowned pianist and mentor, Pauline Warjri brought laurels to the state of Meghalaya and India by shining as bright as they can be in an international event currently being held in Wales, United Kingdom.
The soulful choir bagged the 1st prize in the International Acapella Category in the 71st Choral competition in Llangollen, Wales which kick started on July 2 and will continue till July 8. This is the first time that a choir from India is competing in the International competition and this feat has put Shillong on the map.
The members of the choir have been training from December last year while also raising funds to go to United Kingdom (UK). Altogether 20 children are currently in UK.
Apart from the Acapella category, the Aroha Junior Choir are also competing in other categories — open category and the folk category.
Speaking to TNT-The Northeast Today from Wales, President of Aroha Music and Cultural Society, Pauline Warjri expressed gratefulness even as she stated that they never expected a prize in this category as Acapella singing is one of the most difficult genres.
“I give God the glory. It was unexpected; we had only a bunch of small kids against such good singers from all over England and America. Plus some of them had already won the Competition in the past. I suppose hard work and tenacity paid off,” said a joyous Warjri.