Members of the African Children’s Choir will perform twice in Summerland on Oct. 25. The performers are on a lengthy tour of the United States

Members of the African Children’s Choir will perform twice in Summerland on Oct. 25. The performers are on a lengthy tour of the United States

African children to sing

The African Children’s Choir will perform a mix of gospel songs and traditional African music during two performances.

The African Children’s Choir will perform a mix of gospel songs and traditional African music during two performances in Summerland later this month.

Emily Gronow, tour leader with the choir, said the performances will also feature drumming, dancing and colourful costumes.

The choir consists of nine boys and nine girls, all between eight and 11 years of age.

They have been on tour since February. During that time, they have performed in the United States and Canada. They will then perform in the United Kingdom.

The choir is part of Music for Life, an organization working in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

Over the years, the organization has educated more than 52,000 children and has affected more than 100,000 people through its relief and development programs.

Gronow said the children in the choir have been enjoying the experience of seeing other parts of the world. “This is the first time they have been away from home,” she said.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, the choir will perform at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 15244 Victoria Rd. N., beginning at 10 a.m.

A second concert will be held that evening at 7 p.m. at Summerland Baptist Church, 10318 Elliot St.

There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be taken to support African Children’s Choir programs.