Following its successful
tour in 2003, the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra
Leone choir will be touring Britain this year giving a series
of concerts as detailed below.
The residential school, founded in 1956 in
the capital Freetown with 3 pupils and one teacher, now has over
80 children and 20 staff. It receives some support from the Sierra
Leone Government; however, its continued running is largely dependent
upon the help and support of benefactors and well wishers and
the school’s official charity, the UK Association for the
Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone, was established
in 2004 to coordinate these efforts.
Music plays an important part in the school’s
activities and its choir is recognised as one of the finest in
the whole of Sierra Leone. This year’s tour will help mark
the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, an
event of special significance to UK/Sierra Leone relations –
Freetown was founded as a haven for freed slaves.
Our aims are to provide a memorable and life-changing
experience for these courageous children, continued support for
the running of this remarkable school, and an opportunity for
audiences in the UK to see and hear these gifted young people.
Please come along.
former British High Commissioner
to Sierra Leone