KIDS ALOUD (Monkey Boy Choir) ARRIVES - 16 March 2019

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    Last Saturday they arrived! Forty children from Nepal with their teachers, arrived at Manchester airport on their way to take part in Kids Aloud 2019. Over £75.000 has been raised by Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club to make the visit possible. The children are staying either with local families or in scout accommodation. They are in Yorkshire for the fortnight leading up to the concert performances at Harrogate's Royal Hall on the evenings of 29 and 30 March. For these concerts the Nepali children's choir will be joind by singers and instrumentalists from fourteen local schools - 13 Primaries (Aspin Park, Bilton Grange, Follifoot, Green Hammerton, Grove Road, Hookstone Chase, NorthRigton, Pannal, Richard Taylor, St Mary's Boston Spa, St Peter's, St Robert's and Spofforth) plus St John Fisher Catholic High School which is providing both a choir and a band. The Nepali children come from two schools - the Tri Shahid Higher Secondary School, Panchamul Valley, and the Valley Public High School Kathmandu. They are here as the culmination of an 8 - year project by Harrogate Brigantes called 'Changing Young Lives in Nepal' which has for the first time provided computers, education in Information Technology and access to the internet to nine secondary schools in the Panchamul Valley. The Nepal children will spend a fortnight here rehearsing, visiting participating with local schools and seeing some of the sights of Yorkshire, including museums in Leeds and York, the scenery of the Dales and, most importantly the sea at Scarborough. (Nepal is thousands of miles from the sea and not one of the children has ever seen the sea or walked on a beach.) The concerts themselves will be very special. The first half willl include traditional songs and instrumental music from Nepal and the second is devoted to musical version of a Nepali fairy story, 'Monkey Boy', for which children from most of the participating schools, including those in Nepal, have written six of the songs. The story was adapated by Guy Wilson who will narrate it at the concerts, helped each night by three children. The children have worked with both Guy and composer Shri Sriram on the songs and Shri has arranged and orchestrated them. Shri will also play both bass guitar and Indian flute during the performances and has been working with the instrumentalists from St John Fisher High School over the past few weeks to prepare for the concerts. According to Project Leader Andy Morrison the intention is to give all the children," an experience of creation and perforance that they will never forget and which we hope may help to shape their future lives." For Major Lil B Gurung, the director of the project in Nepal the hope is that it will give them the confidence to become future leaders of their communities." But in order to achieve these goals the concerts must go well. All the hard work, creativity and skill of the performers need to be greeted by encouragement and appreciation of full houses. Artistic Director Guy Wilson explains - "Over 500 children will be taking part in these concerts. All have put their hearts and souls into this project, as have their teachers. We want the Royal Hall packed to the rafters and ringing with shouts and applause to give them the evenings they deserve and that they will never, ever forget." (photographs - arrival of chidren and teachers - Manchester Airport.  Project Director Andy Morrison and his wife Jane including support staff)


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