Zimbe! brings the sounds of Africa to Market Rasen

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‘Wow’ that is the word that describes Saturday’s performance by Market Rasen Choral Society, when they were joined by children from eight schools for Zimbe!

A packed De Aston Sports Hall was transported to Africa, where the sounds from the playground to weddings and funerals to freedom filled the air.

And this celebration of African music left both the audience and performers buzzing with excitement as their spirits were lifted by what they had heard - and there was a well-deserved standing ovation too.

“What a fantastic evening,” said Society Chairman Karen Gramson.

“The children, the band - it was all more than we ever thought it would.

“We certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it without the children and it was fantastic how the schools worked together.

“And the reception from the audience was wonderful too.”

Zimbe! was written by Alexander L’Estrange and it was the composer himself who conducted the piece on the night - and he also fired the singers up at their inaugural rehearsal back in January.

And Alexander brought with him the ‘Call Me Al’ jazz quintet, whose music brought the piece to life.

The evening began with the Choral Society singing Bob Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, under the Society’s regular conduct Jeff Blewett.

It was Jeff who had the foresight to introduce Zimbe! to the singing group, the production of which was funded through a Big Lottery grant.