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Ya Baha’u’l-Abha (O Thou Glory of Glories) – Music by Alan Manifold

March 10, 2024, in Music > Choir, by

“Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” was performed by the mass choir at the 2023 Australian Baha’i Choral Festival in October. The Baha’i Choral Festival attracts participants from across Australia to sing in the Sydney Baha’i Temple. They perform sacred a cappella music in a variety of styles. Interspersed between the songs are prayers and readings from the world’s major religions.

“Ya Baha’u’l-Abha” was composed by Alan Manifold, its soloist was Kris Zemke and it was conducted by Ava Bargi.

This year, with the help of Dusk Media, we got a look backstage at what goes into the making of the choral festival, the stories of the singers, and the love and heart poured into the process.

You can find all the songs recorded from this year’s choral festival on their YouTube channel.

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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.
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