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Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa with SCCS and Highdown School

Author: Sue Craddock

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Zimbe is Swahili for “Sing them” and Zimbe!  combines traditional African songs with infectious accompaniments and vibrant percussion to take us on a whirlwind tour of life in an African village reflecting some of the ways in which music plays a part in everyday life in Africa.  This sequence of choral arrangements was written by Alexander L’Estrange in 2008 for a collaboration between Dorking Choral Society and various local schools, intended to forge the links between adult and children choirs.  It was inspired by the use of music in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency filmed in Botswana at that time.  Zimbe! is at times touching and moving, at other times raucous and energetic and all of the time incredibly uplifting both for performers and audiences alike.

“Sing them” is what South Chiltern Choral Society will do along with pupils from Highdown School, accompanied by a professional jazz quintet and a wide variety of drums, shakers and bells, all conducted by the SCCS’s musical director, Paul Burke.

The concert will take place on Saturday 13th July at Highdown School, Surley Row, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8LR where there is free parking and wheelchair access.  Highdown School’s PTA will be selling refreshments and amazing BBQ food from 5.30pm and the concert will start at 7.30 pm, with the doors opening at 6.45pm.

Tickets will be available via the choir’s website (www.southchilternchoralsociety.org.uk).  Adult tickets are £12 in advance/£13 on the door; tickets for 6-18 years are £6 in advance/£7 on the door; tickets for children under 6 are free.  If you would prefer to book by telephone (via 0333 666 3366), this will cost an extra £1.75 per booking for any number of advance tickets.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Published: 2019-06-05 20:14:28
  • Updated: 2021-12-01 00:12:16

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