African choir will per­form at Whit­burn

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

A tal­ented chil­dren’s choir from Africa will be tak­ing to the stage in Whit­burn.

Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir has trav­elled ex­ten­sively since 1994, shar­ing its mes­sage of hope for Africa’s or­phans and wid­ows.

To date the youngsters have toured six con­ti­nents and per­formed to en­thralled au­di­ences in schools, re­tire­ment homes, churches, par­lia­ments, state houses and royal palaces and this month will make their de­but in Whit­burn.

The choir will per­form at Bruce­field Church on May 27 from 7pm until 10pm.

Each child in the Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir has suf­fered the loss of one or both par­ents and now lives in a Wa­toto vil­lage.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of trav­el­ling on a choir helps the chil­dren to de­velop con­fi­dence and bold­ness, as well as broad­en­ing their world­view.

Ac­com­pa­nied by a team of adults, the choir presents Wa­toto’s vi­sion and mis­sion by shar­ing per­sonal sto­ries, mu­sic and dance.

While on the road, the chil­dren act as ad­vo­cates for the mil­lions of other African chil­dren who have ex­pe­ri­enced the same heart­break­ing pain and suf­fer­ing as them.

In Jan­uary last year Wa­toto launched a whole new Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir pro­duc­tion, ‘Signs and Won­ders’ that cel­e­brates the joy of sal­va­tion.

This pro­duc­tion aims to chal­lenge pre­con­ceived ideas about mir­a­cles and demon­strates that each of our daily lives are signs and won­ders of God’s work in us.

James Skin­ner, cre­ative di­rec­tor, Wa­toto Choirs, said: “We see this through the in­no­cence of the child telling of their trans­for­ma­tion from their dark past to the light that God has shown upon them.

“Through the power of their tes­ti­monies the chil­dren will share sto­ries of how their lives have been changed, and how they have been called into a life of pur­pose to trans­form their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Each story will de­clare the mir­a­cle of trans­for­ma­tion – from dark­ness to light; from de­spair to hope; from loss to pur­pose; from fear to faith.”

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