African sounds coming to town

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THE inspirational voices of African singers will fill a Hartlepool venue.

The town’s Borough Hall will be the venue for a magical concert featuring the 39th African Children’s Choir, famous for signing at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

This time, they will team up with 100 schoolchildren from the Hartlepool area for a night of music on Wednesday, October 2.

The event, organised by the Headland Baptish Church, has seen a choir of local children created from scouts, girl guides, cubs, brownies, boys and girl Brigades, and schools across Hartlepool.

Girl Guide leader Claire Craig, 39, said: “The response has been terrific. Everyone wants to join.”

Musical director Fiona Preston, 42, said: “We are singing the part sang by the Military Wives Choir in the song Stronger Together, written for the African Children’s Choir by Gary Barlow.

“I’ve tweeted to Gary Barlow to ask him if he would like to come up for the concert. He hasn’t replied yet but you never know.”

Proceeds from performances allow the African Children’s Choir to raise global awareness of the plight of the millions of orphaned and abandoned children in Africa.

Tickets for the Hartlepool performance cost £5 or £3 with concessions. They are available from the Tourist Information and Arts Centre in Church Square in Hartlepool.