Children’s choir is a big hit

Performers from The Pearl of Africa Childrens Choir during the concert at Bede Academy in Blyth.
Performers from The Pearl of Africa Childrens Choir during the concert at Bede Academy in Blyth.

The spirit and sound of Africa came to Blyth when a choir made a return visit to Bede Academy during a national tour.

After spending the day at the school, its members put on a concert full of energy and great singing for students, staff, families and friends.

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir from Uganda tour the UK to raise money for a set of schools in the country.

The youngsters performed for Years 7 and 8 and students at Bede South earlier in the day and shared their talents for crafts.

Vice principal Andrew Middleton said: “Our students came out of the performances buzzing with excitement and saying how amazing the children were at singing and dancing.

“As well as supporting the work of the charity in helping the choir to raise money, the relationship we have with them raises the cultural awareness of our students and gives them an insight into the lives of other children.”

The choir raises money for Pearl of Africa Child Care, a UK-based charity. Its main activity is fund-raising for the six schools and homes run by the Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation (MPCCF), which provides education, food, shelter and healthcare to orphaned and destitute children in the Kampala and Masaka districts of Uganda.

After the concert, the children introduced themselves to the audience and revealed their future aspirations, which included going to university to study fashion and design and careers in teaching, banking and engineering.

One of the founders of MPCCF, Molly Wasswa, said: “The money raised is used to pay teachers in our schools and to provide food for the children and mosquito nets.”