OXFORD’S beloved towering skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex has been treated to an impromptu performance by a visiting South African choir.

Those admiring the replica of the long-extinct beast's bones at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History enjoyed the sweet tones of the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir yesterday morning.

Oxford Mail:

The youngsters were in Oxford to perform with their peers in the Oxford Youth Choirs and made time to visit the museum as part of their trip.

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Accompanied by a drummer, the singers performed a traditional song from their home country to onlookers.

The night before they also gave a performance at Oxford Town Hall as part of an African Skies concert compèred by BBC presenter Roderick Williams, which brought together different cultures and genres.

Oxford Mail:

The amateur choir, made up of boys and girls aged eight to 16, come from Bloemfontein in central South Africa and surrounding areas.

Oxford Youth Choirs – a group of six choirs for children aged between four and 18 – have themselves performed abroad and visited Malta last year.

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Richard Vendome, musical director of Oxford Youth Choirs said: “We value this opportunity to share in music making and cultural exchange, and hope we can build on this in the future.”

Oxford Mail:

A crowdfunding campaign has been started to cover accommodation costs for the 50-strong Bloemfontein tour group.

Members of the public were invited to help a young singer from the rainbow nation by sponsoring a South African child to sing, and have raised £1,920 of a £2,000 target.