Shrewsbury School

Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir

Wednesday 27 November 2013

In a vibrant explosion of song, dance and drumming, we were delighted to welcome the Pearl of Africa children's choir to the School last Thursday. After an impromptu performance to a highly appreciative audience who were tucking into lunch in KH, they then led a fun and uplifting pupil workshop in the afternoon. Their sell-out concert in the evening was stunning.

Pearl of Africa performing at Shrewsbury School, 21st November 2013

The Ugandan children’s choir ‘Pearl of Africa’ brought the long forgotten sunshine back to Shrewsbury School for one night only last Thursday. It was a true pleasure to behold.

The beautiful faces of energetic African dancers, accompanied by drums and bells, enthralled the audience who were touched to the soul by the powerful singing voices of these children, aged up to around 17, and by the older drummers and their passionate group leaders. More than once I was close to tears. The children’s energy, innocence and courage to make a better life, shone through their performance and took us with them on an uplifting spiritual journey.

The choir have daily all day long schedules all over the UK for three months, dancing and singing their hearts out to raise money for a better life, including the chance to go to school, in Uganda.

The supportive audience were moved to give something back for their evening of entertainment and so bought the small crafts and jewellery the children themselves make and donated money to a very worthwhile cause. This year’s visit to Shrewsbury School raised over £1200.

They will be back next year and I urge you not to miss them.

Nikki Bevan

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