Gary Barlow-partnered African choir heading for Sunderland

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THEY sang with Gary Barlow at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – now they’re heading for Wearside.

The African Children’s Choir have been invited back to the UK to tour their inspirational talents.

They are staging concerts at Bethany Christian Centre, Houghton, on November 17 and at Bethany City Church, in Sunderland, four days later.

The 38th African Children’s Choir is made up of 17 children from Uganda.

The choir travels the world, acting as the ambassador for Africa’s most vulnerable children, raising much-needed awareness as they go.

Funds raised contribute to the continued development and support of programmes that help educate some of the continent’s most in-need children.

The choir has attracted fans from all over the world, including celebrity admirers such as Annie Lennox.

“I first encountered the African Children’s Choir as they were heading towards the stage to perform for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign,” she said.

“Since then I’ve come to appreciate more and more, just how uniquely special they are.”

Many of the choir children have lost one or both parents to poverty or disease.

The performances are both uplifting and humbling, and are an opportunity to experience the vitality of the youth from this challenged continent.

The choir runs a support programme called Friends of the choir, where monthly donations help fund both choir children, and other vulnerable African youngsters, through their education.

For details pvisit http://africanchildrenschoir.org.uk/help/friend-of-the-choir.