Arundel Chapel Choir to perform in Bulawayo

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Harare-based Arundel School Chapel Choir is set to perform at the Island Hospice in Bulawayo next week.

The show will be held on October 8 and is part of the “Voices for Hospice” concert.

“Every year, the girls of Arundel School undertake various activities to raise money for and assist many worthwhile organisations,” said Margaret Mackenzie, Arundel School director of music.

“This year, for various reasons, Island Hospice itself has not been able to organise the ‘Voices for Hospice’ concert, so Arundel Chapel Choir have taken up the challenge and we are delighted to have this opportunity to again express our support for Island Hospice, which benefits the whole community of Zimbabwe of all ages.”

Mackenzie said the 24-member choir would sing gospel and secular songs as well as classical and modern pieces.

“The concert will comprise a full choir and solos, and a brilliant solo pianist as well.”

Janie Bent who spoke on behalf of the Island Hospice said on the day, her organisation would take time to inform people about their various activities.

“What we do basically is to take care of people who are terminally ill. All proceeds from the concert would be used to take care of our patients most of whom are in the high-density suburbs. We provide them with food because it would not make sense to give drugs to somebody who does not have proper nutrition,” said Bent.

Affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and run along their guidelines, the choir concentrates mainly on gospel music.

“The choir seeks to develop and cultivate a passion for excellence in singing, to challenge and improve singer’s vocal abilities, and to develop musical skills and knowledge,” said Mackenzie.

The choir was established more than 50 years ago. Singers enter several classes in the annual Eisteddfod, sing in the Combined Senior Schools Concert and have been invited to sing at various functions including the bi-annual International Voices for Hospice concert, the United States National Day celebrations and various charity events.