African Children’s Choir visit Bervie

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The sensational African Children’s Choir performed for the third year in Bervie Chirch on Friday September 28.

The sell-out concert was greeted with enthusiasm and a standing ovation as the children sang, danced and showed off their drumming skills. The seventeen youngsters and their chaperones were welcomed into the homes of local residents after the concert and were able to share their experiences and culture with the host families.

The choir had recently arrived from their tour of the USA and were travelling North before continuing their UK tour in England and Ireland. They are close to the end of their tour which is set to end in February after being on the road for 14 months.

June McGillivary, the choir co-ordinator for Berive Church, said that the choir was overwhelmed by the reception the received in the Royal Burgh an generosity and friendliness of the people.

She said: “The children just had time before they left to spend a couple of hours with their host families on the beach skimming stones and splashing in the sea. A message left by one of the children read ‘Thank-you for taking us to visit the North Sea’ they loved it and some just stared at the wide open space, the delight etched on their faces was a rewarding experience.

“We wish the children well on their return to Uganda to complete their education safe in the knowledge that in some small way Bervie was able to contribute to their future well being.”

The Bervie audiences raised over £5000 for the Music for Life foundation who support and educate the Choir children until they find work.

The Africa Children’s choir have been Music for Life’s major international programme during its 27-year history. They have relief and development programmes in seven African Countries. Music for Life has, at present, educated over 52,000 children and hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted by their international relief and development programmes.