Ipswich: Singing group in Ipswich learn songs from across the globe

Learning a new language from scratch is a tough ask for many of us.

But a group of singers based in Ipswich are today doggedly learning songs from across the globe in the lead up to a performance which will take place at a waterfront church next week.

The 40 singers, who make up the group Singing Safari, were set the daunting task of learning songs from countries in Europe, Africa and America, just five weeks ago.

Chris Rowbury, the group’s leader, hosted a performance of the Singing Safari at Jimmy’s Farm during the summer, but this is the first time he has led a performance in Ipswich.

He said: “There’s a lot of new people for this particular group and we have got some dance moves in there as well – I’m making them work hard.

“We have done a few songs in English but most of them aren’t in English.

“I have tried to choose songs that don’t require too much learning and it’s surprising when you’re in a session how much of the stuff sticks in their heads.”

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Mr Rowbury admitted he chose to call the group Singing Safari because he believes people will be less curious about the performance if it was just called a choir.

He is hopeful that by putting on a performance of exotic songs, residents will be keen to turn up to the performance.

“People have their own ideas about choirs,” he said.

“That is why I have called it a Singing Safari because it’s a collection of exotic songs and hopefully people will want to listen to them.”

Singing Safari will perform at St Peter’s Church by the Waterfront on February 25 at 7.30pm and tickets cost �5.

Tickets will be available on the door, or alternatively you can contact Chris on 01394 610486.

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