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Xmas Eve Festival of Songs raises the roof

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What event could have brought out old folks in the thick of a winter night?


What activity could have excited so many young adult students from the University of Manitoba that most of them defied the cold winter to join other neighbours to celebrate?


And what was it that got many children so uncontrollably overjoyed and passionately involved on a cold winter night?


It was none other than the annual Christmas Eve Festival of Songs at the Immanuel Fellowship Church in Fort Richmond.


Under the able and capable leadership of a singing couple — Chuks Moses and Jane Udogu — the Festival of Songs was a dazzler with a difference. With a fascinating klieg light, singers decked out in very attractive regalia on stage, the choir rendered wonderful Christmas carols with superb backing instrumentals and a heavy-duty sound system.


It was more than a night of songs — as many of the over 200 people in attendance danced, clapped and jumped, and even held hands when the sweet and melodious voices of singers rang endlessly into the solemn winter night.


Chuks Moses Udogu was grateful for the opportunity to be part of a group that is inspiring many through music, particularly the aged in the neighborhood. He said it was delightful to see so many children singing and rejoicing, and holding hands with their parents and grandparents at the event.


His wife Jane was full of praises for the choir members’ dedication and selflessness. She particularly expressed gratitude for the choir’s highly successful concert held here in Winnipeg in early October with Micah Stampley and Fresh IE.


The couple unanimously confirmed that next year’s event will even be greater than this year’s.


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• The next Preteen Dance at Richmond Kings Community Centre is Friday, January 11, 2013. For more details, call 204-269-1908.


• The 2013 South Winnipeg Spring Classic Hockey Tournament is slated to run from Thursday, March 14 to Thursday March 21. Entry deadline is Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.


For more info, contact Murray Harding, tournament chair at 204-269-1908 or 204-895-7064 or by email at rkcc@mymts.net or mharding5@shaw.ca

Sunday Olukoju is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond. You can contact him at sunday.olukoju@gmail.com.

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