Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning welcomed musicians Lillian Nagawa and Ronald Kabuye, who were brought
Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning welcomed musicians Lillian Nagawa and Ronald Kabuye, who were brought to the UK from Uganda by Brass for Africa, a music charity that the school has supported for a number of years. The visit was arranged by music teacher Lizzie Burrowes, who spent time over the summer visiting Uganda, and the charity’s founder, Jim Trott, whose son attends the school. Mrs Burrowes said: “When I visited Uganda in the summer, Lillian and Ronald welcomed me into their lives and their community, so it was great privilege to be able to introduce them to our school community.” The visitors led the playing of Mandela with some of the school’s musicians at morning assembly. During the morning breaktime, there was a lively jam session. Members of the chamber choir welcomed Ronald and Lily by singing Black Horse and the Cherry Tree then Lillian taught the choir to sing Malaika in Swahili (pictured) and the school’s musicians all joined in. Lillian and Ronald lived at the Mlisada orphanage home in Kampala and were lucky enough to be involved in the music education programme started by Brass for Africa and now both teach brass in Kampala.