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New Life Band Perform at South

On Thursday 26th September, South Bromsgrove held a concert with a special performance by the New Life Band, a drumming and vocal group from Arusha in Tanzania. The school has had a partnership with the school in Arusha for over 15 years and many staff have been involved in exchange programmes between the UK and Tanzania. On many previous occasions, South Bromsgrove students have raised money for the school in Arusha to improve the facilities and develop the building. On this occasion the New Life Band were visiting to raise money to build a Sixth Form Centre at the school. Earlier in the week, they were welcomed by the Bromsgrove Rotary Club where they performed for the Rotarians. The Rotary Club generously donated £1000 to go towards the new centre.

On Thursday they spent the day in school visiting RE and Music lessons. The atmosphere in these lessons was amazing and the students really enjoyed welcoming the New Life Band and learning from them. The concert that evening was a musical extravaganza. The first half involved vocal and instrumental pieces performed by the school’s chamber orchestra and then, after the interval, the New Life Band took to the stage to perform a cappella songs with outstanding harmonies and instrumental African drumming songs. The Interact Club, who are a group of South Bromsgrove Sixth Formers linked to the Rotary Club, provided refreshments and held a raffle to raise almost £500 and the New Life Band also sold African jewellery, material and CDs during the interval. It was a spectacular event for a great cause.