Hawick youngsters join in Zimbe! fun

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Africa comes to the Borders next week with a performance of Zimbe! in Hawick.

The Gala Water Singers, with two performances under their belt, will join the Melody Makers for this unique musical experience, along with pupils from Drumlanrig Primary School, Hawick High School , members of Abbey Consort and the Zimbe! Jazz Quintet, all combining to produce a thrilling sound.

Musical director for the project, Jim Letham, said: “It’s been a rewarding experience to hear how the singers, some who have never sung in a choir before, have worked so hard for this performance of Zimbe!”

The music has powerful harmonies, tremendous energy, it communicates with the audience and, above all, it’s great fun!

With a choir of almost 100 adults, 170 school pupils, plus a five-piece jazz band, these African songs, with their hugely infectious rhythms, will burst into life – you will not be left unmoved! Someone who heard this concert in Stow enthused by saying: “By far the best concert in the Borders this year.”

This community concert will be in aid of several children’s charities, including CLIC Sargent: Save the Children and Malawi Street Kids.

Zimbe! CDs, priced £10, will be available at the concert, and profits from sales will be used to help African children suffering from AIDS.

The concert is in Teviot Church on Tuesday, June 24, at 7pm.

Tickets cost £6 (with up to two accompanied children free), and are on sale at Deans & Simpson, Dorward’s, Gilroy’s, all in Hawick; Hawick High School , or at the church door, if available.