South African choir bring Fringe show to hospital

A South African choir, raising money to help fund health and education projects in their township, brought a taste of its Fringe show to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh yesterday.

The Dloko High School Choir, who hail from the poverty-stricken Umlazi Township near Durban, sang for patients, staff and visitors on Wednesday (13th Aug).

It’s the first time the group have left their home country after being brought over to Scotland by The Iris Initiative – a charity which challenges young adults to consider society’s traditional values.  
The 30-strong choir have been performing at the Assembly Rooms as part of this year’s Festival, with their last performance taking place this evening (Thurs 14th Aug).
Iain Telfer, Healthcare Chaplain at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, said: “The event was an opportunity for patients to not only hear this incredible choir, but get some light relief from their stay in hospital.

"Music can be really uplifting and for someone who may be facing an uncertain future, can really help with the coping process.”

The choir performed to staff and patients in The Sanctuary before entertaining visitors in the main mall.
COFLEY, which provides catering and portering services at the hospital, supplied the choir with a free lunch.