Music event in aid of Ghana schools

Backworth Male Voice Choir will be joined by the visiting Radcliffe-on-Trent Male Voice Choir and soloist Delia McNally for a special concert.

The event at St Mary’s Church, Claremont Gardens, Whitley Bay, will be raising money to support the Chirapatre School Appeal, which is helping pupils in schools in Kumasi, Ghana.

The concert takes place on Friday, April 4, at 7pm.

In 1997, the only books available to teach the 1,300 children aged between five and 15 attending the primary and junior secondary schools at Chirapatre were stored in six small metal boxes.

Fundraising began to build a library on the site. Students from Newcastle University helped with early construction work and the Lady Leech Library was opened at Chirapatre in December 1998.

Initially 12,000 books collected from schools and individuals in the north east were shipped out to Kumasi.

The library proved so popular that queues of children formed every morning before its doors opened and pupils packed the reading room on weekdays and weekends.

To cope with this demand, it was decided that a major extension should be built to create a large reading room and a computer training centre.

When this extension was opened in autumn 2006, the facility was described by the country’s national press as “the best school library in Ghana”.

The choral event hopes to raise funds to secure the installation of improved electric lighting and to assist in the maintenance of the building.