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Airtel Premier And Renowned Ghanaian Organist, Addaquay Thrills Classical Music Lovers

By Raphael Aidoo Nyame
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Airtel Premier, the sub brand of Airtel Ghana that caters to the telecommunication and lifestyle needs of high value customers and Master Keyboardist and music expert Alfred Addaquay over the weekend thrilled patrons with a mind-blowing treat at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ridge Accra.

The master organist and music expert known as the One Man Orchestra due to his versatility and creativity performed an array of pieces from renowned local and foreign composers including “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel much to the amazement of world renowned musicologist and composer, Prof. J.H Nketsia, Gender and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lither and a host of other dignitaries at the auditorium on the night.

Speaking about the show and what customers and patrons should expect, Head of Customer Experience at Airtel Ghana – Frank Gyan said “We partnered one of Ghana’s finest performers to provide an exceptional experience to our Premier customers and classical music patrons as we promised. At Airtel we believe in providing consummate telecom and lifestyle solutions for our customers. We know from our engagement with our high value customers that most of them are classical music enthusiasts hence our decision to partner Addaquay to entertain them with the finest performance.

On his part, Addaquaye, the Classical music expert said, “I deeply appreciate the effort Airtel Ghana is making to promote classical music in Ghana. I thank the Smartphone Network for the partnership and I hope patrons enjoyed the performance.”

In 2006, Addaquaye who was then 20, composed, arranged and recorded a first of its kind in Ghana Oratorio comprising of 32 classical songs which he named "Laudate" and had the first live performance of his "Laudate" at the auditorium of the University of Cape Coast in March that year where the premiere lasted two hours. Since then he has performed both locally and internationally to highly excited audiences who gave him standing ovations.

An Oratorio is a large musical work, which contains a succession of choruses, arias (solos), duets and recitatives with orchestral accompaniment. It is also a musical drama in which the choruses and duets serve as commentary while the narrator's recitative relates the story and connects one piece with another.

Airtel is Ghana’s telecommunications innovations and digital space leader. Addaquaye, the classic music icon has in his repertoire a lot of compositions in the vein of Gospel, Highlife, Christmas Carols and Anthems.