Leighton choir lead world picnic

World Picnic
World Picnic

A 20 STRONG choir of youngsters from Leighton will present a programme of African toe tapping rhythmic songs during a festival of song and dance this coming Sunday (July 29).

Music teachers Irene and Tim Grant-Jones will be heading five hours of music and dance celebrating multicultural arts with Sue Cox, inclusion manager of Inspiring Music, the new music education service of Central Beds Music, and the South Bedfordshire Youth Voices choir.

The event takes place from 1pm at the Milton Keynes World Picnic in Campbell Park and the choir will be opening the festival.

The choir, who are aged eight to 18, will be performing a similar repertoire to their recent appearance at Leighton Buzzard Theatre’s Flame of Hope concert that celebrated the Olympiad and which brought a standing ovation from a capacity audience.

Irene and Tim Grant-Jones, are well known in the county as dedicated music teachers. Irene is a high calibre soprano with solo performances to her name at Bedford Proms in the Park and at Bedford Corn Exchange’s musical extravaganzas. Tim is an accompanist to Milton Keynes Chorale working with Bedford Choral Society and Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra. The couple will close their performance at the event with a song for a Kenyan Orphanage written and recorded by them.

Irene has visited Casuarina House, an orphanage in the village of Utange, Kenya and will be manning a stall after the concert to sell CDs and merchandise to raise funds for the children.