Singers of all ages in Thetford get into the African spirit for concert

The Thetford Singers and pupils from Admirals Academy take part in Zimbe! at the Carnegie Room.

The Thetford Singers and pupils from Admirals Academy take part in Zimbe! at the Carnegie Room. - Credit: Archant

The spirit of Africa was alive in Thetford as 70 singers came together to for a choral show.

The Thetford Singers, alongside pupils from Admirals Academy, put on a performance of Zimbe! on Wednesday.

The piece by English composer Alexander L'Estrange which combines gospel, African and jazz influences.

Directed by Chris Parsons, the Thetford Singers performed the harmony-rich songs with gusto, while the academy's choir, conducted by Fiona Bartlett, sang some African children's songs.

The singers were accompanied by a live band which provided saxophone solos, an authentic marimba and African-inspired percussion.

Kelly Stretton, director of music at Thetford Academy, said: 'The performance was a testament to the ageless musical talent with the boundaries of this small town of Thetford.'

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