I thought I would just let you know that the Canterbury Voices trip to Kenya was a real success and everything worked even better than anticipated. Our stay at the Cooperative University of Kenya was a real treat and we had the opportunity to experience a taste of life at a Kenyan university. We performed at a large scale community event in Nairobi with the Glory Voices and a local children’s choir before travelling out to Kabarak University in the Great Rift Valley for two performances at the Kenya Music Festival where we also met many inspirational musicians and students and saw some fabulous singing and dancing. We also spent a memorable day in the National park and the choir officially adopted an orphan elephant! We are aiming to return at some point to work with children in a local school and have established links with an organisation which invites musicians and music students to work with disadvantaged children in a Nairobi children's home. I have more images if you would like them for your publicity? I cannot thank you and all at Cantiacorum enough for your support in making this fabulous trip possible for the Voices - we are all so very grateful. Please do let us know if there is anything we can help with or do (we are always available for performances etc) as we would very much like to be able to support the work of Cantiacorum. In other choir news... our fund raiser event at the Shirley Hall in March raised more than £2000 for the scholarship fund and we are able to provide some support for 6 young female musicians. We are planning several find raising events for the coming year so that next year we can hopefully help more to achieve their goals in music. Thank you again for your support which is invaluable in helping to provide such fantastic opportunities for the choir members. Best wishes Kerry
Further to your kind donation of £2,078.80 which we received in October 2018 and our letter of 16thMay 2019 informing you how the money was applied, together with some feedback for one activity.
We have now received the feedback for the group activity holiday which took place in May and I have enclosed a copy of our monitoring form and photos of the children enjoying their stay.
These experiences will help with their sensory awareness and improve their social and communication skills. Also have fun and excitement, not to forget the educational value also. These opportunities will enable the children to take part in an activity more often enjoyed by the wider community, thereby promoting social inclusion.
All the experiences we help to arrange are designed to help the children with their future development, as they move forward into adulthood with new confidence.
Please accept my deepest gratitude for your kind and invaluable support in allowing us to help some of the most vulnerable children in our society to ensure that they are not a forgotten audience.