An internationally-acclaimed music group concluded the two-week North East leg of its UK tour with a spectacular concert in Morpeth Methodist Church.
The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir (PoACC) also performed at 11 schools, the Whalton Village Show, The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth and the Sunderland African Festival.
The energetic and enthusiastic group of young people left the audiences enthralled with their evocative mix of traditional African song, dance and drumming that contained infectious rhythms, enthusiastic vocals, wonderful harmonies and dynamic dramatisation.
They were treated to standing ovations by spectators of all ages who were entranced by the professionalism of the choir and by the stories of their challenging lives in Uganda.
Rebecca Ansell, chair of Morpeth PoACC Ltd Group – which organises the North East leg of the tour – said: “We’d like to thank C4 Sightcare for providing warm fleeces for the choir, the 19 host families, The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth, Morpeth Methodist Church and the 11 schools for giving the choir such a fantastic welcome.
“Without such generosity, hospitality and support, the tour could not have taken place.”
The choir members are ambassadors for more than 2,000 similar orphaned and destitute children who attend the non-government Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation Schools in South West Uganda.
They visit the UK to increase awareness and raise desperately needed funds to help sustain and improve the standard of education, healthcare and living standards in their schools, clinic and homes, as well as to experience a different culture.
For more information, visit www.pearlofafrica.org.uk