Girls choir sings up for Malawi

Christ Church'Brid Girls Choir fund raising Concert for Ben Cooper, so he can go to Zomba Malawi for two weeks to teach'PA1112-19b

Christ Church'Brid Girls Choir fund raising Concert for Ben Cooper, so he can go to Zomba Malawi for two weeks to teach'PA1112-19b

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BRIDLINGTON Girls Choir was in fine voice to support its musical director Ben Cooper who is travelling to Malawi to help disadvantaged communities.

The choir staged a special concert at Christ Church which raised £162 towards the costs of Ben’s trip which will see him spend the Easter holidays teaching youngsters in Zomba, Malawi, and getting involved in a number of positive projects in the deprived area.

The trip has been organised in partnership between Driffield School, where Ben teaches music, and Manor School in York and will see 13 Driffield School students and staff spend two and a half weeks in the country over Easter.

Ben, who lives in north Bridlington, has been on similar trips to India and is looking forward to his first time in Malawi.

He said: “It is going to be life-changing for the students as well as the staff and I am looking forward to the challenge of being there and taking music out there to help change things, or at least make a little difference with what we can do over there.”

Among the projects Ben and his group will take part in are painting a classroom, visiting orphanages and HIV centres and teaching villagers about health and encouraging them to set up businesses with the support of UK companies.

“It should be quite an exciting trip,” said Ben, who thanked the Girls Choir for taking part in the concert which helped raise so much money to aid the trip.

“It was a successful evening and the choir sounded wonderful,” he said.