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Pearl of Africa Choir visit Henry Beaufort School

The internationally acclaimed Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir visited Henry Beaufort in Winchester on Friday 23rd September. The choir are from a school in Uganda, which was built and funded by The Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation of Uganda.

The internationally acclaimed Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir visited Henry Beaufort in Winchester on Friday 23rd September. The choir are from a school in Uganda, which was built and funded by The Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation of Uganda.

The foundation has funded the building of seven schools which are attended by thousands of children; most of them are orphans or living in extreme poverty. The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir includes 15 children - between 9 and 17 years old - and 3 teachers. They sing in a mixture of English and traditional Ugandan.

Two hundred Year 8 students and Year 10 GCSE music students from Henry Beaufort School were able to take time away from their busy timetables to spend the day working with the Choir. They had a wonderful day taking part in singing, drumming and dancing workshops, which culminated in a fantastic evening concert attended by over five hundred parents, students and staff.

Henry Beaufort students were privileged to be able to perform a song, a dance and a drumming piece with the Pearl of Africa Choir. The Choir wowed the audience with their outstanding singing and their mix of traditional African music, dance and drumming. Their musical talent and their wonderful rich sound enraptured the audience. Meanwhile, the African children’s optimistic, friendly and polite attitude, despite their difficult lives, both humbled and inspired students and teachers at Henry Beaufort.

The Childcare Foundation of Uganda foundation supports more than 2,200 children in their schools and homes, so they are here to raise much needed funds to enable this support to continue. So far, donations from the concert and a charity day at Henry Beaufort have raised £2,000 for the foundation.

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir will be staying in the UK for another 2 months, touring churches and schools, performing concerts, and raising funds. More information can be found at www.pearlofafrica.org.uk/Home.html