[two_third last=last] The last time Cranborne hosted the Harare East District MUMC Music Festivals was in 2010 on a sun drenched Sunday afternoon with the hosts emerging victorious.

The set piece that year was the hymnal classic, Bible Dzvene nderaMwari.

Fast forward to 2018, Cranborne finds itself in the same scenario as eight years ago with virtually the same setting as they will welcome the district’s 19 circuits to the musical experience on Sunday.

Unlike eight years ago, this year’s festivals hold special significance as the MUMC celebrates 100 years in ministry.

For the second year running, all choirs will be drapped in Centenary regalia.

It is in such special circumstances that the perennial music powerhouse aims to sour and reclaim their mantle as the best choir in the district for the first time in two years.

The men have been wrapping up preparations during the course of the week with the last session slated for 6pm tomorrow (Saturday), testament of the huge weight of expectations on their shoulders.

Cranborne has over the years distinguished itself as the undisputed kings of own choice music and retaining that reputation is very much on their minds.

The choir has worked so hard in the set piece song Toenda Kune Musha Wedu with just a few touches ups standing between them and a return to district music supremacy.

Home support will be key in ensuring that mission is achieved with a great showing at district level guaranteeing them a trip to Mutambara Mission in November for the conference musicals.

The famous words of the Rev Dr Gift Machinga ‘Cranborne is in your hands’ will surely be enough inspiration to drive them a yard this time to success.

The time for the showcase is indeed nigh.

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