Songbirds with a purpose at Ashton International College

Jacqui Nel and Tracey Lisegang enjoying some cupcakes before the Rotary Choir Festival.

Medleys from the The Jungle Book and Annie and earworms from ABBA met powerful African traditional drums and fired up Grace Hall at the annual Rotary Choir Festival recently.

The North Coast united in song at Ashton International College, as choirs from 12 schools and about 460 pupils took to the stage and sang for a good cause.

Rotary Ballito Club president, Jeff Shinns said the choir festival was a huge achievement.

“This is our fourth festival and the second at Ashton, who gracefully allowed us to use this magnificent hall free of charge.

“The funds we raise here tonight go towards helping our community – from getting a wheelchair for a child who was previously taken to school in a wheelbarrow, to sending a young leader on a leadership course.

“Thank you for helping us raise funds and to help us make a difference in our world,” said Shinns.

The evening had another exciting announcement – Christopher Duigan has made Ashton’s Grace Hall the new home for one of his grand pianos and will be performing there on a monthly basis starting in September.

He kicked off the choir festival with a little bit of Mozart and Chopin to set the tone for the festival.

Elana Geist

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