The evening of October 18th saw the return of the Singing Children of Africa to our Johnson Hall, and what a life-affirming experience they provided us with. Performances from Millfield Prep Senior Choir, Camerata and the Singing Children of Africa inspired the audience with a delightful and awe-inspiring feast of vocal music.
Beginning proceedings, The Singing Children of Africa treated us to the Kenyan National Anthem Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu. Next came the turn of the Millfield Prep Senior Choir to sing us two items, Al Shlosha D’varim by Allan Naplan and a medley of songs from The Greatest Showman by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; both pieces were performed with a beautiful purity and vocal maturity. After this, Millfield’s premier choir, Camerata, treated the audience to superbly crafted performances of three varied works: God So Loved the World by John Stainer, Crucifixus by Antonio Lotti and My Soul, There is A Country by Hubert Parry, demonstrating their outstanding choral proficiency and expressive sonorities. Following the tender works performed by Camerata, The Singing Children of Africa provided the audience with an inspirational performance of a set of pieces from Kenyan tradition, Worship Music and Popular Music of Western culture. So infectious was the enthusiasm and zeal shown by the children during their set that no member of the audience would be blamed for feeling the urge to burst into song.
This wondrous collaborative occasion was rounded off by a massed item: Mambo Sawa Sawa sung by Millfield Prep Senior Choir, Camerata & The Singing Children of Africa; which really did show how beautiful things can be created by people opening their hearts to each other.
From a school run by a charity, with children who come from the poorest of backgrounds, it truly was inspirational to see such hope and love in the face of their circumstances and it was an absolute pleasure to host them once again.