The African inspired Zimbe!
was the beautiful, catchy and soulful music chosen for this year’s Choral
Society concert. The title Zimbe! is
the anglicised version of the Swahili word for ‘sing them’ and that is exactly
what they did.
The Choral Society was joined on stage by the Senior School
Choir, the First Form Choir and the Junior School Choir and was accompanied by
a lively jazz quintet band.
Miss Mitchell did a brilliant job of conducting all of the
choirs, and the band and kept everyone together through some complex and pacey
numbers that had the added challenge of being a foreign language.
The sell-out audience were treated to a selection of songs
that captured the essence of the African spirit including a simple children’s
playground song from Ghana, a Xhosa lullaby for mothers of the victims of
apartheid, a raucous drinking song from Zimbabwe, sensuous wedding songs and
some beautiful funeral and worship music.
The Choral Society is open to parents, staff and friends of
Cokethorpe and all are welcome to join, from experienced vocalists to complete
Rehearsals will commence in January in preparation for next
year’s concert and further information will be provided towards the end of this