Header Image entitled ‘Royal Norfolk Show 2022, A Royal Salute’ – Photograph Credit: Sonya Duncan.

On 29th June 2022, the African Choir of Norfolk were excited to sing ‘A Life Lived With Grace’, the official Commonwealth Jubilee Song, at City Hall and the Royal Norfolk Show 2022 in celebration of the Queen’s seventy year reign. The performance took place during Norwich’s ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’.

Before the event Planet Radio’s Tom Clabon interviewed Choir Director Anna Mudeka (read full article here). She said:

“We are very bright and loud. Everything is going to have an African twist in it, it’s really hard to stand-still in our choir. We want people to show us how they feel through movement. We also have songs from Zimbabwe and Kenya which will be sung, along with the national anthem- all of our songs are very lively”.

Anna added her thoughts on the effect of the Jubilee celebrations on local people:

“Neighbours who perhaps don’t talk, are suddenly lining tables on the streets and the flags are out. People are so happy! I wish that was every Sunday because it shows the human connection which is not usually there all the time. It means a lot to me and I love to see the joy that it brings”.

On the Wednesday of the Royal Norfolk Show, the African Choir of Norfolk began the ceremony with ‘Kwa Here’, a Swahili song from Kenya – where in 1952 a young Princess Elizabeth was informed of the death of her father – the King – marking her accession to the thrown.

The Choir was also then joined by over 1,000 participants from across the region who all performed in musical celebration within the Norfolk Showground’s Grand Ring. These partners included the Emergency Services Choir, Girlguiding Norfolk, Iceni Choir, the Jubilee Samba Band, Mid-Norfolk Singers, Norfolk Scouts Royal Salute Jambuilee Team, Norwich Community Choir, Salutem NHS Choir, the D’Capo Choir and the Village Voices from Blofield.

For the closing of the Royal Salute ceremony, the African Choir of Norfolk performed ‘Zuva’ as the other choirs made their exits from the the Grand Ring.

To read more about the event, check out the EDP coverage here.

To watch beginning of performance skip to 3.35.

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