WATCH: African choir stage church performance and school workshops

Colourful costumes, energetic dancing and vibrant music – an internationally-acclaimed group dazzled at a special concert in Alnwick.

The talented Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir showcased the traditional sounds and eye-catching moves of their homeland during last Thursday’s mesmerising show at St Paul’s Church.

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The concert was so well received, that the enthusiastic troupe earned a standing ovation from the audience at the end of the show.

As well as the entertainment, there was the chance for people to enjoy refreshments and purchase from a range of attractive African crafts

Earlier that day, the choir visited Swansfield Park Primary School to meet the pupils and teach them some dance moves and songs.

Other schools to attend the session were St Paul’s, St Michael’s, Whittingham and Shilbottle primary schools.

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The children were also invited to the church, where they joined in with the evening concert.

Hailing from Uganda, the choir was in Alnwick as part of the North East leg of its UK tour, raising awareness and money for schools back in Africa.

The choir was founded in 1983 by Molly and Paul Wasswa, two teachers who established the Molly and Paul Christain Schools and The Molly and Paul Child Care Foundation.

The two organisations run schools in Kampala and Masaka Districts of Uganda.

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The choir’s singers are selected from talented children who attend the seven Molly and Paul schools.

As well as Alnwick, the choir has visited other county locations during the last week, including Morpeth, Blyth and Ashington.

A statement on the Pearl of Africa Child Care Facebook page said that the troupe’s time in Northumberland had been amazing and thanked all of the schools and venues for making the visits possible.

For more information, visit http://www.mollyandpaul.org

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Pearl of Africa Choir at Swansfield Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman