MANCH­ESTER UNITED FOUN­DA­TION

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TWO youth choirs trav­elled from South Africa to the The­atre of Dreams to work along­side Manch­ester United Foun­da­tion’s own choir.

The tour­ing teenagers from The KZN Mid­lands Youth Choir and Michael­house Boys Choir were at Old Traf­ford for a warm-up per­for­mance ahead of a slot at the Llan­gollen In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val.

As the evening un­folded, guests were treated to a va­ri­ety of per­for­mances rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Western and South­ern African choral tra­di­tions.

The Manch­ester United Foun­da­tion Youth Choir, which re­hearses ev­ery week at the sta­dium, also per­formed a num­ber of mod­ern pop songs in a choral style.

The Foun­da­tion Choir is made up of singers from across Greater Manch­ester and in­cludes a num­ber of lo­cal pupils who re­cently per­formed at the One Love Manch­ester con­cert with Ar­i­ana Grande.

It’s the sec­ond time the choirs from the KwaZu­luNatal province have vis­ited Manch­ester with many per­form­ers re­turn­ing to the sta­dium two years on from their pre­vi­ous visit.

Manch­ester United Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive John Shiels ex­plained the im­por­tance of the event and the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to young singers across the re­gion. He said: “Both choirs are made up of amaz­ing per­form­ers and have been kind enough to spend the day car­ry­ing out work­shops with our young singers.

“It’s been a re­ally pos­i­tive cul­tural ex­change and there has been a lot of mu­tual re­spect shown be­tween ev­ery­one per­form­ing.”

John added: “The Foun­da­tion choir has been run­ning for over six years now and re­ally pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive to those who may not be so in­ter­ested in foot­ball and sport. Our choir has also re­ceived some amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties across the sea­son with reg­u­lar per­for­mances on the Old Traf­ford pitch and at events around the coun­try.”

To find out more about join­ing the Manch­ester United Foun­da­tion Youth Choir please visit mu­foun­da­tion.org. ● ●

Manch­ester United Foun­da­tion Youth Choir

Teenagers from The KZN Mid­lands Youth Choir and Michael­house Boys Choir per­form­ing at Old Traf­ford

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