Pembroke Choir Tour to Zambia 2017

Help Pembroke Choir share, learn and sing in Zambia

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This project received pledges on Wed 12 Jul 2017

How Can You Help?

The Choir has managed to raise £16,000 so far, but now we need your help to get the rest of the way!

About the Tour

In September 2017, the Choir will be spending two weeks in working with local musical groups and giving performances. Carried out in association with The Muze Trust and Estelle Trust, this trip is very much intended to serve as a cultural exchange in which we can learn Zambian music and assist with the preservation of oral traditions whilst sharing some of our own music making in return.

About the Choir

Pembroke Choir consists of twenty-five singers, made up of both undergraduates and post-graduates. The Choir not only welcomes students from Pembroke but also those from other colleges. The Choir, directed by Anna Lapwood, offers the opportunity for regular liturgical singing, frequent tours, and CD recordings. Alongside regular commitments, the Choir places a considerable emphasis on work outside the College in local schools and churches, and organising Come and Sing Workshops. This tour will hopefully be the first of many opportunities for international outreach programmes.

What will we be doing?

We believe we have a lot to learn and some things to offer. Here are just a few of the ways in which we will be working with the wider community in Zambia.

  • Holding notation workshops for the music leaders in Mukuni Village, helping them create a record of their song tradition as it currently stands
  • Offering music workshops to the children at the Ebenezer Orphanage and the Linda Secondary School
  • Collaborating with a Community Choir in Lusaka and helping them create recordings of some of their music
  • Performing a joint concert with the chamber choir Vox Zambezi
  • Musical Cooperations in Kachele and Misisi Villages, two of the poorest areas near Lusaka
  • Organising a fundraising concert to support the Lilayi Elephant Orphanage

Alongside our outreach, we will also be performing a range of concerts, in church and tourist venues such as:

  • The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka
  • St Andrew's Anglican Church, Lusaka
  • Zambian National Television
  • Lilayi Safari Lodge
  • David Livingstone Safari Lodge
  • Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge

Where will the money go?

The total cost of the tour is £31,000. Whilst organising the tour, we have tried to keep costs as low as possible, opting for basic accommodation and self-catering where possible. However, the flights alone cost just under £21,000, and the additional costs include accommodation, visas, insurance and transport when we are in Zambia. Any funds raised in Zambia will go to The Butterfly Tree, The Muze Trust and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, meaning we have to raise all the money before the trip. Every Choir member is paying £400 to come on the tour, and we have been organising various fundraising activities, meaning that we have so far managed to raise £16,000. This is a great start, but we still have a way to go!

  • If we hit £5000, that will cover all of the accommodation in Zambia.
  • An additional £5000 will cover our visas and insurance and the remainder of the flight costs
  • The final £5000 will cover travel costs and some meals once we are on the trip
  • If we go over our target, the money will be split between the three charities mentioned above
  • To keep up with our progress, you can follow the choir on Facebook (, Twitter (@pembrokechoir) and instagram (@pembrokechoir)

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  • You don't need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.
  • We will be holding a fundraising auction towards the end of July. If you would like to donate something for us to auction off, please get in touch.