Musical gem sends out a message of hope

It's the Pearl of Africa Children's Choir performing in Morpeth Market Place.
It's the Pearl of Africa Children's Choir performing in Morpeth Market Place.

A MUSICAL group brought the sounds of Africa to Morpeth at the weekend when they performed live in the town centre.

The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir from Uganda held an open-air concert in Morpeth Market Place on Saturday to kick-start their tour to raise much-needed funds for schools and orphanages back home.

Throughout the afternoon they wowed passers-by with a mix of traditional African music, dance and drumming.

The choir is touring England this autumn to support the work of UK-based charity Pearl of Africa Child Care.

This organisation raises money for the Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation in Uganda, which aims to give young people from one of the world’s poorest nations a safe place to live and the chance of an education.

Morpeth resident Kim Black, who is a Trustee for Pearl of Africa Child Care, said: “The performance in Morpeth Market Place was a great way to kick-start the tour and as always the choir has been met with a very warm welcome from people in the local area.”

Before their performance, the group enjoyed a special reception with the Mayor of Morpeth, Phil Taylor, in the Mayor’s Parlour at Morpeth Town Hall.

He also met some of the local residents who have worked tirelessly to bring the children to the region.

Coun Taylor said: “We really look forward to having the choir in Morpeth. It is a very worthy cause and we want to support them in any way we can.

“I will be attending the performance at Morpeth Riverside Centre on Saturday too.”

Tickets for this concert cost £5 and are available by calling 01670 514665.