The sights and sounds of Africa

Thursday 29 November 2012 Updated: 29/11 09:06

THE AFRICAN Children’s Choir will sing at Harris School in Rugby on December 9.

The show is part of a 23-date tour of the UK and comes on their back of their performance at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations when they featured on Sing, the celebratory single written by Take That's Gary Barlow.

The choir is made up of 17 children from Uganda, all of whom have lost one or both parents to poverty or disease.

Since 1984 it has been travelling the world raising awareness and funds towards to the development of programmes that help educate some of the continent’s most in-need children although every year there is a new line up.

Their concerts include well-loved children's songs, popular gospel tunes and lively spirituals.

Founder Ray Barnett said the choir brought Africa alive through their songs and dances.

He added: "The children in the choir represent millions of children in Africa; they are bright, articulate and motivated to realise their potential.

"We believe they can make a difference and we believe when audiences see Africa through their eyes they will want to give these children every opportunity to succeed and impact their countries."

The concert starts at 7pm with tickets priced £5 and £2.50 available in advance from Rugby Christian Fellowship on Cambridge Street or by calling 01788 544608 or 07738 362899. They will be £6 and £3 respectively on the night.

A second show by the choir in the area takes place at Coventry's Central Hall Methodist Church on Friday December 14 at 7.30pm. For tickets call 024 7625 2411.

Additional donations will be accepted on both nights or can be made through the Friends of the Choir. Details can be found online at africanchildrenschoir.org.uk.

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