Watoto Children's Choir put on fantastic show for Somerset students

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 May 2017

Watoto Children's Choir.

Watoto Children's Choir.

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Pupils from a Somerset school were treated to two brilliant performances from a Ugandan children's choir.

The Watoto Children’s Choir raised the roof at Cheddar’s Kings Of Wessex Academy with lunchtime and evening concerts as part of the group’s 2017 Signs And Wonders tour celebrating the launch of a fundraising album.

The concert began with some introductory footage from the choir’s home country Uganda.

The Watoto Church has been caring for the community since 1983 where currently more than 3,000 orphan children are loved and cared for by the church.

The choir is made up of 28 people, including 10 adults and 18 children, who have lost one or both of their parents to AIDS or war.

The youngest in the group is six years old and the oldest child is 13 years old.

The audiences were soon singing and clapping along to the music and a few of the academy’s students took to the stage and learned a new dance.

A school spokesman said: “The audience were drawn to the beat of the drum as the choir took to the stage with radiant smiles and beautifully patterned dresses and outfits competing with the bright lights on the stage.

“The Watoto Choir brought joy to the academy and everyone was smiling by the end of the memorable and moving concert and Kings is grateful to the local Cheddar Community Church for sponsoring their visit.”

The choir perform a blend of native African rhythms, contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance.

The group has toured around the world and is currently on a six and a half month tour visiting the UK, Channel Islands and the Netherlands and said they ‘feel blessed’ to meet so many people on their journey.

The Watoto Children’s Choir has travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows and raising awareness about the situation in their home country.

The experience of travelling with a choir helps the children to develop confidence and boldness, as well as broadening their world view.

To find out more about Watoto Children’s choir, visit www.watoto.com

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