Chil­dren’s choir evok­ing the rhythms of Africa in Orm­skirk

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THE in­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed Pearl of Africa Chil­dren’s Choir bring their UK Tour to The Arts Cen­tre, Edge Hill Univer­sity on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21.

With an evoca­tive mix of tra­di­tional Ugan­dan songs, their high-oc­tane mu­sic, dance and drum­ming con­tain­ing in­fec­tious rhythms and en­thu­si­as­tic vo­cals will see you dancing in your seat!

These or­phaned and/or des­ti­tute chil­dren are am­bas­sadors for more than 2,000 chil­dren and the funds they raise sup­port nine schools, 12 chil­dren’s homes and a clinic back home in Uganda.

At the start of each year hun­dreds of chil­dren from Molly and Paul Foun­da­tion schools au­di­tion for the Pearl of Africa Chil­dren’s Choir dur­ing En­rich­ment Week.

Within the schools there are many tal­ented chil­dren but se­lec­tion is not just based on tal­ent. Ev­ery­one has to also show a com­mit­ment to their aca­demic stud­ies as choir train­ing takes place af­ter their nor­mal school day.

Mem­bers of the choir are aged seven years up­wards and af­ter be­ing se­lected for the choir the mem­bers live, train and at­tend school to­gether for nearly eight months be­fore they ar­rive in the UK.

As well as singing, mem­bers of the choir dance and many of them are also ac­com­plished mu­si­cians, drum­mers and com­posers.

Dur­ing the tour their mix­ture of tra­di­tional African singing and dancing, mixed with their vi­brant per­son­al­i­ties and colour­ful cos­tumes ex­cite and en­ter­tain au­di­ences across the coun­try.

The choir is led by ex-mem­ber Glo­ria who works with the singers to com­pose many of the songs heard dur­ing the tour.

Each Septem­ber un­til early De­cem­ber, the choir tours the UK per­form­ing in schools, churches and per­for­mance venues.

The choir vis­its dif­fer­ent schools dur­ing the day to pro­vide work­shops in African singing, drum­ming, dancing and craft-mak­ing.

Even­ings and week­ends are spent in lo­cal venues and in­door per­for­mance spa­ces where African crafts are on sale to fur­ther help reach the fundrais­ing tar­get of £2,000 each day.

Tick­ets are free, but please en­sure you book your ticket in ad­vance on­line or via the box of­fice.

Do­na­tions are wel­comed on the night and mer­chan­dise will also be on sale.

Other lo­cal per­for­mances are: Oc­to­ber 17 – Formby High School; 19 – The Civic, Orm­skirk; 20 – Deyes High School, Maghull; 23 – Orm­skirk School, West Lancs and 24 – St John the Bap­tist Church, Burscough.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www. pearlofafrica.org.uk/choir and to book go to: www.edge­hill.ac.uk/events

The Pearl of Africa Choir come to The Arts Cen­tre, Edge Hill as part of their tour of the North West

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