The Song of the Carnivores – November 22nd

A performance at London Zoo of


by Richard Sisson

An educational cantata to promote awareness of the five great carnivores of Africa – lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dog.

“Some of the most amazing and adorable voices you will ever hear” – Usain Bolt on FCMG’s Senior Choir

The piece was first presented in Bulawayo in May 2012 by the Zimbabwe Academy of Music with a cast of over 500 pupils. The project has been developed under the patronage of the Zoological Society of London. It was conceived as part of an initiative to offer musical opportunities to students whose curriculum does not generally allow for such studies.


This performance on 22nd November was a 12 minute reduction of the longer version and was a part is a fund-raising gala sponsored by the Seitz Foundation. The proceeds are to be divided between ZSL’s wildlife conservation plans for the carnivores of Africa (including a programme to enable the teaching of this cantata throughout the continent) and the Zimbabwe Academy of Music. The event also featured a fine art auction and the Guest of Honour was be Usain Bolt.

The Finchley Children’s Music Group were joined by 10 young drummers from the Luton Music Service and the work was narrated by Petroc Trelawney.

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