Singing Children Of Africa Choir’s amazing performance wow the world.
Paisley Town Hall was filled with a chorus of beautiful voices last night (Sunday, September 17) as the Singing Children of Africa Choir returned for another dazzling performance.
The Angels Tour 2017 show featured a group of children ages nine to sixteen from the Jolaurabi School in Mombasa, Kenya, who warmed the hearts of the hundreds in attendance.
The show also included special performances by the Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir and dancers from the award-winning Street Stuff youth scheme, as well as Kirklandneuk Primary School students who performed scenes from The Lion King.
On his return to Paisley, choir teacher Simon Sims entertained the audience with a solo performance before all performers joined together for a rousing rendition of Flower of Scotland.
Renfrewshire Council supported the event for the tenth time this year, and it was part of an exciting calendar of activities as part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021.
Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, announced during his speech at the event that more than £15,000 had been raised for the Scottish charity Educate the Kids, including £5,000 from the Scottish Government.
The Singing Children of Africa Choir was founded by the charity, which raises funds for the children’s education and development by touring the country with the choir.
Volunteers in Renfrew Mike and Lynn Baldwin, who have been involved with the charity for over ten years, have organized the children’s visits to Renfrewshire on a regular basis, including their most recent tour in August 2016.
Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, who welcomed the choir and audience on the evening, said: “I was delighted to welcome the Singing Children of Africa choir back to Renfrewshire and it was a special sight to see them perform in Paisley’s historic Town Hall.
“These amazingly talented youngsters really captured the hearts of those in attendance with their wonderful voices and inspirational stories. The tours organised by Educate the Kids helps to give the children the education they deserve and it’s great to see local people helping such a fantastic cause.”
Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “Seeing the Singing Children of Africa choir and talented local groups from across Renfrewshire putting on a special performance in the beautiful surroundings of Paisley Town Hall was a wonderful experience.
“This concert is another example of the wide range of cultural activities taking place as part of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 – and with our annual music, comedy and drama festival ‘The Spree’ just weeks away it really is an exciting time for the area.”