Global Choir Created to Celebrate Afrovibes 2014 Festival

Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:15 AM
Global Choir Created to Celebrate Afrovibes 2014 Festival Afrovibes 2014 Festival

The biennial Afrovibes Festival, which celebrates the theatre, music, dance and culture of South Africa, will be visiting a total of 17 UK venues between 13 October and 8 November.

This year the festival marks 20 years of South African democracy, and forms part of the official SA Department of Culture's South African Season in the United Kingdom 2014 and 2015. Full festival details are available at

Afrovibes is now inviting everyone who loves singing to make their own contribution to a unique event - by joining a GLOBAL CHOIR for the festival’s launch. People from all over the world are invited to record themselves singing a new work composed by Tim Cumper, Musical Director at South Hill Park arts centre, one of this year’s Afrovibes venues, and then submit their recording towards the creation of a ‘virtual choir’ which will have its first performance on 13 October.

The specially commissioned traditional English choral piece, entitled No Easy Road to Freedom, is very much a tribute to the South African freedom struggle: words used in Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural presidential speech are set to music in honour of the 20thanniversary of democracy in South Africa.

Tim Cumper, Music Director at South Hill Park, who composed the score for No Easy Road to Freedom, says:

“I am very excited to write the music for this project, which has such amazing potential. But at the same time, it’s also unpredictable: we don’t know how many submissions there will be, nor their quality. But that’s the important thing – it doesn’t matter if people have never sung in public before: they should throw caution to the winds, have a good time and contribute to this amazing experience! I have seen other Global Choirs, and know that it will be very moving … people coming together from all around the world and joining their voices together to make one great celebratory piece of work.”

To find out more about the project, and how to join in (the deadline for all recorded submissions is 11.00pm on Friday 12 September), people can download words and music at where there are also full instructions on how to submit a finished contribution.

Info: To view a virtual choir performance, please click here.

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