In the latest exciting episode of our wonderful friendship with our Ugandan partner schools, we have been absolutely delighted to welcome the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir* back to Cornwall for the first time since 2019.
The Choir is made up from the most talented students in the Molly and Paul Childcare schools, which are the Ugandan schools we have been working with for well over ten years. The Choir performs a musical and cultural extravaganza which delights audiences with a set of songs telling stories about Ugandan life, featuring African instruments, voices and very energetic dance!
What made the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir’s visit even more special for our students and primary students from Bosvigo, Threemilestone and Blackwater schools was that the Choir also love to teach, to share their enthusiasm and culture and to perform with new people. Hundreds of students, therefore, had the opportunity to take part in African drumming, dance and singing day workshops and then to perform alongside the choir at the evening performance on Friday 17th November.
And what a performance it was! In the first half we were wowed by the Choir’s talent and energy. In the second half we were delighted to see Cornish students demonstrate what they had learned during the day – and they were great!
The tour is a vital fundraiser for the Molly and Paul schools and we were truly blown away by the generosity of the Richard Lander School community. People dug deep to donate, buy African crafts and refreshments.. We will confirm the amount collected on the night when we have a final total.
Our final thanks must be to the amazing people who gave their time and shared their homes to support the Choir’s visit. Our host families, drivers, other host schools, primary coordinators and of course all the Lander4Uganda students who sold African crafts and refreshments on the night.
The Choir’s visit was a huge event for us all and it certainly was a team effort!
*The internationally acclaimed Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir is made up of students from the Molly and Paul Childcare schools in Uganda and through its performances raises money for a UK based charity whose main activity is to support the schools and homes run by the Foundation in Kampala, Bunjakki and Masaka districts of Uganda.
The Foundation provides education, clothing and homes for over 1500 children who would not otherwise be able to attend school and is reliant on UK support to pay basic running costs and provide food, clean water and healthcare for thousands of children and their families.