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African children's choir dazzles pupils at Darlington school
10:56am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
STUDENTS from across the globe united in a love of music and dance as an African fundraising tour descended on a North-East school.
The internationally acclaimed Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir entertained staff and students in a series of concerts at Carmel College, Darlington, which saw local students learning traditional dance and Swahili songs.
The Ugandan singers and dancers began the day with a rousing concert for students and staff before staging workshops for Years ten and 11, where they were shown how to play the drums and sing in Swahili.
In the evening the college opened its doors to the public for a night of entertainment involving the talents of English students and the African musicians.
Music teacher Emma Anyan said: “The concerts were truly wonderful and made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
“Being party to the workshops was also a real privilege to witness how quickly our students interacted with the African choristers around a common love of music. The sessions were so incredibly spontaneous that it was very moving to watch.”
Student Ellen Walker, 15, added: “They have been absolutely amazing and I loved every minute of being with the choir. I wish they could come into college every week because we had such a great time with them.”
The East African choir are taking part in a three-month UK tour designed to raise awareness of the charity and raise funds for a host of work ranging from healthcare to education.
Donations are supplemented by the sale of crafts and musical instruments at each venue.
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