Community project awarded £8,000 grant

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Market Rasen and District Choral Society has been awarded a grant of almost £8,000 to support an exciting community music project next year.

The money has been received from the Big Lottery Grant for the Come and Sing Zimbe! project, which will see singers from 13 local schools taking part.

“It is very exciting,” said founder member Thea Hogg.

“Thirteen local schools will be involved in this adventure and the choir invites any adults who are interested to come to the first rehearsal and meet the composer - who will introduce us to the music.

“The estimated cost of the whole project is nearly £11,000 - it would not have been possible without the Lottery Award.

First premiered in 2008, Zimbe! by Alexander L’Estrange has been performed in the USA, Canada, Australia and Kenya.

The work combines adult SATB choir, unison children’s choir and a jazz quintet fusing two distinct musical styles, African song and jazz.

The first rehearsal for adults will takes place on 
January 6 in Market Rasen Primary School at 7.30pm.

The performance will be on Saturday May 9 in De 
Aston Sports Hall, conducted by Alexander himself, accompanied by his Jazz Quintet.