About the UAE CSI Choir Festival
From its inception, "when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy" (Job 38:7), to its consummation, when "every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them" will sing to the Lamb on the throne (Rev. 5:13), creation is musical. "All nature sings and round me rings the music of the spheres." Choral singing is an attempt to participate in the music of creation and reflects the order, beauty, and diversity of God s creation.
From time immemorial as recorded in (Scripture) the Old Testament, the role of music and singing in providing a worship experience, is well known. From the church's earliest days, singing "psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs" with thankfulness to God has been an important part of Christian worship. We read that the end of times will also be marked with loud heavenly music heralding His second coming.
Music is one of the priceless gifts God gave us. Music touches us as nothing else, reaching into our inner depths, giving us expression beyond the range of rational thought, offering us an instrument of praise to God and a manifestation of community as we sing together.
Songs and hymnal worship plays an important role in the CSI liturgy as well. The choir plays an important role in supporting and ensuring a wholesome worship experience. However, choral singing is not limited to just church service. It was this basic idea and the yearning to bring in heavenly music through unity, which led to the idea of the UAE CSI Choir festival, in 2002.
Truly embodying the CSI motto ' That they may all be one ', the then choir leaders of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah parishes envisioned an idea that stood for a celebration of unity of the CSI Parish choirs in this land, through God-given talents.
Over the years, as God has continued to guide and bless our community, and the parishes have grown. The choirs continue to support their sister Parish choirs and together, also lend support for varied causes identified through each Choir festival. Each year is also a moment to look back in gratitude at all the vicars, choir masters, choir leaders and members who have been part of the Christian journey in this land. This website, an initiative launched by the CSI Parish Dubai as a project in 2017, commemorates and celebrates 15 glorious years of the UAE CSI Choir Festival.
The UAE Choir festivals under the directions of the Choir Masters/Choir leaders, meticulously planned and organized by the Choir Festival committee span the limitless scope of the Divine plan from Creation to the Second Advent, from the lofty sound of cathedral worship to the contemporary melody of joyful praise. As it conveys the good news of the gospel in song, the Choir Festivals endeavor to proclaim the promise, “I have come that they may have life, and may have it in all its fullness.” (John 10:10)
For the music enthusiast, the choir festival is a much awaited annual event. For the chorister, it is an experience of being part of a choir that brings in the feel of heavenly music on earth, even if just for a night. For the listener, it is the bliss of basking in an atmosphere that's almost close to heaven, an atmosphere of reverence and worship to the Lord, through music. As the Lord guides through year after year, for each Choir festival, it is a prayer that His name alone is glorified, as all honour and glory belong to our majestic King.