Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

THE PRESENT GENERATION NEEDS HARCOURT WHYTE’S MUSIC —University don •All set for “An Evening with Harcourt Whyte” . . . tomorrow at Abuja Sheraton

By News Express on 06/06/2013

Gmail icon

Views: 6,199

A university don and respected music expert has made a strong case for the new generation to embrace the music of late iconic composer Harcourt Whyte, saying that “his music is very nourishing to both the body and the soul.”

Mr. Jude Osy Nwankwo, of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), described tomorrow’s “An Evening with Harcourt Whyte” at Abuja Sheraton Hotel & Towers, as a welcome development, saying: “This is a giant step in reviving Ikoli Harcourt Whyte and his music.”

The university don who obtained a First Class honours Bachelors of Arts degree in Music from the UNN and currently leads a fast-rising musical group known as J. Clef Chorale, commended the Abuja-based Harcourt Whyte Foundation for taking steps to revive the music of the legendary artiste.

He told News Express: “Kudos to the Harcourt Whyte Foundation for taking this very great step toward bringing back Harcourt Whyte and his music to our present generation.”

The university don promised all those who attend “An Evening with Harcourt Whyte” an unforgettable experience.

A composer/arranger who teaches tonal harmony at the UNN, Nwankwo has many compositions and arrangements for both vocal and instrumental genres to his credit. Two of his compositions won the National Catholic Festival of Arts and Culture (NACAFAC) award in August 2008. He is also a singer (tenor) and has played lead roles in different operas and oratorios like Bach’s “St. John’s Passion”, Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury”, and Ekwueme’s “A Night in Bethlehem.”

The J. Clef Chorale which he founded on September 7, 2010 consists of some of the best singers/choir directors in Nsukka including staff and students of the UNN. Notable about the membership of the Chorale is an assemblage of young enthusiasts of Harcourt Whyte and his music.

The Chorale has performed for individuals and corporate bodies in different parts of the country. It has also performed with other notable chorales like the Laz Ekwueme Chorale, Lagos; City Chorale, Lagos; Sam Ojukwu Chorale, Owerri; and Anambra Royal Chorale, Awka.

Meanwhile, News Express has learnt that all arrangements needed for the successful holding of “An Evening with Harcourt Whyte” have been put in place by the organisers.

Confirming this, Mrs. Ezinwa N. Okoroafor, Coordinator of the Harcourt Whyte Foundation, said that the event would be “memorable and refreshing.”

Ikoli Harcourt Whyte was born in Abonema in Rivers State in 1905 but spent the greater part of his life at Uzuakoli Leprosy Colony in the present Abia State of Nigeria, where he raised a choir that regularly performed his compositions at the Methodist Church Lohum, Uzuakoli.

Before his death in 1977, Harcourt Whyte composed over 300 sacred hymns used in Methodist Church of Nigeria in the then Eastern Nigeria and beyond. Over time, these sacred songs spread and became very popular that it could no longer be compartmentalised or classified as Methodist Church songs as they were widely used in Christian worships across different Christian denominations.

Photo shows Jude Nwankwo, whose J. Clef Chorale is one of the celebrated groups performing tomorrow night at “An Evening with Harcourt Whyte.”

Source News Express

Posted 06/06/2013 2:04:36 PM





You may also like...
FG eyes $10bn investments in oil & gas...

NIA issues warning on fake recruitment sites

Union reveals plans by foreign airlines to sack...

Buhari’ll correct rot in MDAs, block financial leakages...

It will be a day of dust haze...

Old Bende passes vote of confidence on Ikpeazu,...

Niger Governor Sani Bello weeps at aide’s burial...

Ambode swears-in new Lagos LG chairmen

Buhari meets with Security Chiefs

Isiyaku Rabiu: Kano Govt. declares Friday public holiday...

PDP Convention: Ex-Gov. Wada spits fire, disowns candidate...

Truck carrying migrants in Turkey crashes; 22 killed...


Latest News BREAKING: Tribunal upholds Makinde’s election as Oyo Governor Buhari critic resigns 10 days after accepting appointment in Ministry of Budget Boko Haram attacks University of Maiduguri Militants point new path to Niger Delta development Obasanjo writes South African leader over Xenophobia Gov. Umahi appoints 180 additional aides FG extends border closure indefinitely 10,000 Nigerian girls forced into prostitution in Burkina Faso – Ambassador FUOYE killings: Fayemi directs commissioner of police to commence investigation Xenophobia: FG releases states of returnees Resident doctors demand improved healthcare infrastructure in southeast Falling container kills 2, injures others in Lagos


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (540,363 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (442,869 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (389,177 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (326,594 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (294,569 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (253,604 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (249,681 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (238,273 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (231,425 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (217,415 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (195,797 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,409 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,443) Business Verdict (80) Columnists (1,109) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (215) Entertainment (664) Features (811) Global Business Monitor (442) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,953) Interview (203) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (170) Maggie's Blog (410) News (51,360) Opinion (1,358) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,446) Religion (1,102) Sports (2,166) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera