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Orchard School Bristol

Zimbe! whisks audience to African savanna

Published on 23/03/18

A combined choir of 400 children and adults whisked their audience away to the savannas of Africa for two nights last week.  

Zimbe, a choral arrangement of traditional African melodies by Alexander L'Estrange, was hosted at Orchard School Bristol and performed by the Bristol Choral Society (BCS) and north Bristol schools. 

The project was brought together by a partnership of BCS, Orchard School and Bristol Plays Music. 

This is now the third time we have worked to support local schools in joining together to perform a choral arrangement with the world renowned Bristol Choral Society.   

Caro, from the choral society, has been working with the very dedicated teachers who run the choirs to help prepare the students for the performance. 

A massive thank you to all of the teachers for their dedication and support to make this project such a great success.

The schools involved, included: 

  • St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School
  • Glenfrome Primary School
  • Upper Horfield Primary School &
  • Little Mead Primary School.
  • Horfield C of E
  • Orchard School
  • Fonthill Primary
  • Stoke Park
  • Filton Avenue Primary

Our band tonight was to you by Bristol Plays Music. 

  • Richard Barnard - saxophone
  • Ben Groenevelt - double bass 
  • Mirek Salmon - keyboard 
  • Dan Clibery - drumns
  • Harriet Riley - percussion

Our conductor from Bristol Choral Society was Hillary Campbell.

Photos from the two performances can be found, here