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Music @ Stran Presents 'Kuyimba'

Outgoing Students’ Union President and compere on the night Adam Pollock looks back on an entertaining musical evening:

‘With exams looming around the corner, the annual Music@Stran event came as a welcome break from studying.

This year’s evening of vocal and instrumental entertainment was named 'Kuyimba' (the Ugandan word for music) as the event was in aid of ‘Fields of Life’, the Union’s chosen charity for 2016-17. Fields of Life works with local communities and churches in East Africa to bring positive change through the provision of quality education, clean water, health promotion and other community based projects. The event also came with a twist as the audience found themselves sitting, not in the banked theatre seats, but at round tables on the stage of the Drama Theatre. It was just like being at ‘Later’ with Jools Holland!

The evening itself consisted of a variety of performances featuring the Music Department’s choir and instrumentalists, a staff choir, the 'Strandads' male choir, the Trad@Stran group, the Panto team, the CU choir and even our very own world champion drum major, Jason Price!

With the entire drama theatre stage filled with performers and audience members, the show was acclaimed as a great success, especially as it raised £1,200 for Fields of Life, and this brought the total raised this year by Students’ Union activities to a wonderful £10,004! At the end of the evening a giant cheque for this amount was handed over to Richard Spratt, CEO of Fields of Life in Northern Ireland.

A special thanks goes out to all of the staff and students who helped organise and perform on the night.’

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