Video: Celebration of music for entire community

Community music project Zimbe! got underway last week with its composer in town to lead the first rehearsal.

Six years ago, Alexander L’Estrange was commissioned to write a piece based on African music and Zimbe! was born.

Since then, there have been 150 performances across the world and now Market Rasen Choral Society is getting to grips with the essence of Zimbe - Swahili for sing.

“The whole piece is a celebration of singing and the fact they (MRCS) are getting together with 10 or so schools and having different ages singing together really excites me,” said Alexander.

And MRCS chairman Karen Gramson was delighted how things went.

“We were all enthused by Alexander’s energy and the infectious music,” she said.

“I am very pleased with the response from the community to our project; it was good to see some new faces, and it is not too late for anyone who wishes to join in to come along on Tuesday evenings.

The next stage is to get the music out to the schools who will be taking part.

Alexander will be back from time to time to check on progress and will be conducting the piece when it is performed in De Aston Sports Hall on May 9.