Alfred P. Addaquay

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Alfred P. Addaquay
Birth name Alfred Patrick Addaquay
Also known as Addaquay
Born (1985-09-17)17 September 1985
Kumasi, Ghana
Genres Orchestra
Instruments Piano
Years active 2001–

Alfred Patrick Addaquay (born 17 September 1985) is a Ghanaian keyboardist, composer, arranger, conductor, and choral director. He is a product of the Mfantsipim School and the University of Cape Coast. He has several compositions to his name and performed his first oratorio, titled "Laudate Christus", at the age of 20.[1] The oratorio was the first of its kind in Ghana.[1]

Early life and education

Alfred Patrick Addaquay was born in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.[2] He was enrolled at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology primary school. He started learning to play the piano at an early age and continued all through his primary education. After writing and passing his Basic Education Certificate Examination in 2001, he was admitted to the elite Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast.[3] Addaquay's music skills was noticed whilst at Mfantsipim and he was appointed the school's organist in form one.[3] From 2001 to 2004 he entertained students and teachers of the school with his music talent.[3] He was mentored by Peter Lyte Koomson, a music tutor at the school. Whilst at Mfantsipim School, he received several music prizes and was awarded the discovery of the year 2002 by the school. He was the first recipient of the award. In 2003, he received the "Initiative & Drive" award for his music compositions.[2]

After graduation from Mfantsipim in 2004, Addaquay gained admission to the University of Cape Coast. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree. He enrolled at the same university in 2012 to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Music.[2]

Music career

Addaquay is an internationally respected keyboardist, composer, arranger, conductor, and choral director.[3] He composed his first oratorio, compromising 32 classical music pieces, in 2006 at the age of 20.[3] The two-hour oratorio, performed before an audience at the University of Cape Coast Auditorium, was the first of its kind in Ghana.[1] His compositions include "Laudate Christus" and a cantata titled "Afe Nsakrae". He has collaborated with many music groups, including Bethel Methodist Church choirs, Association of Methodists Choirs and Singing bands, St. Peter's Basilica church choir, Oguaa Youth Choir, Pax Choir, The Navidad Chorus, Tema Youth choir, and Good Shepherd Methodist Church choir. He tours throughout Ghana and performs his acclaimed "Addaquay on black and white keys" concerts.[2][3] As well as playing his own compositions, he plays pieces from both local and foreign composers during his performances.[4][5]

He has also partnered with corporate institutions to entertain Ghanaians and other nationals at various concerts.[1][6] He was among the headline performers who graced the 180-year anniversary of the Methodist Church Ghana in 2015.[7] From 2010 to 2013 he served as the choirmaster of Bethel Methodist Church in Takoradi.[8][9] He has been a guest on The KSM Show, where he performed and answered question from the host, Kwaku Sintim-Misa.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Mawuli, David. "Addaquay: Renowned Ghanaian organist and Airtel premier thrill classical music lovers". Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Alfred Patrick Addaquay". www.choralmusicghana.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Alfred Performs Oratorio To Standing Ovation". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Short Story: The 'Confession'...Episode 8". 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  5. ^ Amponsah, Charles. "Patrick Addaquay Treats Audience To Piano Music". gbcghana.com. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  6. ^ "Alumni entreated to renew commitment towards developing schools". Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  7. ^ "Worshippers defy rains to celeberate Methodist Church's 108 anniversary". My Joy Online. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  8. ^ "Choir". www.bmctadi.org. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to Bethel Methodist Church - Takoradi". www.bmctadi.org. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  10. ^ "Alfred P Addaquay Classical Music Artiste Hangs Out With Ksm". 
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