From Wales to St Albans for Uganda

PUBLISHED: 08:03 13 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 06 May 2010

A WELSH male voice choir will be making their third visit to the city this month for a concert in aid of Christian Relief Uganda (CRU). The Cowbridge choir first came to St Albans in May 2005 following a chance meeting with local resident Jim Tryon, who w

A WELSH male voice choir will be making their third visit to the city this month for a concert in aid of Christian Relief Uganda (CRU).

The Cowbridge choir first came to St Albans in May 2005 following a chance meeting with local resident Jim Tryon, who was visiting his daughter in South Wales.

The 85-year-old from Chiswell Green had just returned from his first visit to Uganda with CRU volunteers and invited the choir to perform in St Albans to raise funds for the charity.

Jim said: "The 50-strong choir paid all their own expenses, including hotel bills for the night. They were so pleased with the reception they received in St Albans, as well as the excellent acoustics in St Columba's College's school hall, they volunteered their services again in 2007 for another successful concert. Now they have invited themselves back."

The event will take place on Saturday, September 26, at 7.30pm, at the same venue in King Harry Lane, St Albans.

This year's programme will also include two performances from St Albans soloist, Lina Saavedra - an internationally acclaimed soprano.

St Albans Mayor Chris Oxley and Baroness Caroline Cox, who was deputy speaker in the House of Lords from 1986 to 2006, will be in attendance.

All of the money raised will help vulnerable children, families and communities in Kamuli, one of the poorest regions in Uganda.

CRU work there includes education and community aid programmes, such as pre-school and primary education for 330 children, special needs children and 50 deaf and hearing-impaired children. It also helps with sponsorship for secondary education, assistance with farming and it works to improve dental care and rural pain relief clinics.

Tickets, which start at £8 or £30 for four, are selling fast and can be purchased by calling Jim on 01727 873690, Dee Brown on 01727 834658 or John Hawkins on 01727 768730.

Those unable to attend the concert but who want to find out more about CRU's work, contact Jim, who still visits Uganda and educates local school children about the country.


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