How does it work?

  • Register on this site then download the teaching materials for Hlonolofatsa and The River (The tracks and lyrics may be uploaded on to your choir website until the event.) 
  • Listen, sing along and learn your part. On the day we will be singing without words or music 
  • Ask friends and family to sponsor you or join in with your choir’s fundraising. Please aim for £30 for each choir member, but any amount, great or small is appreciated. Sponsor forms can be downloaded here
  • Attend an Open Rehearsal if you can, at  a Leicester Amika Choir Saturday afternoon rehearsal at Claremont Street Methodist Church, Belgrave, Leicester, LE4 7QH dates to be confirmed. Only the start of rehearsal will be given over to Leicester Sing for Water 2021. 
  • On the day, attend the vital morning rehearsal at 10.30 in The De Montfort University (DMU) Campus Centre, for final preparation before the 'Leicester Sing for Water' festival performance on stage. 
  • If you haven’t performed with Leicester Sing for Water before, please attend the meeting on the festival stage at 10.00 to familiarise yourself with steps etc. 
  • Dress code: dark bottoms with a plain brightly coloured top in a rainbow colour, possibly your choir’s tee.

Music for 2021

We have just two songs for everyone to learn ready to entertain and inspire the audience. This allows time for choirs to showcase some of their own songs to the festival crowd. The massed songs are Hlonolofatsa, and The River. We have permission from the composers / arrangers to use them at Leicester Sing for Water.


Many Leicester people will recognise this rousing South African song as it was often sung to crowds outside the City football stadium by the DMU Gospel Choir during the season culminating in Leicester City winning the Premiership. Here is Una May Olomolaiye, MD of WorldSong from Coventry, and visiting MD to Leicester Amika Choir, conducting it at London Sing for Water 2019.

The River

This lovely lyrical song was written and composed by Coco Love Alcorn. It was also sung at London Sing for Water 2019. Sophia Efthimiou adapted and arranged it for use at Sing for Water Events and she can be seen singing the solo here. Don’t be put off by the seemingly wordy lyrics as soloists chosen from contributing choirs will sing each verse, backed by the massed choir in the simple, repetitive refrain.

Individual Choir Contributions

Musical Directors, do choose one or two typical songs from your choir’s repertoire that will be crowd-pleasers, keep the energy high, and showcase your choir.
This is an opportunity for you to attract more people to the wonderful life-enhancing activity of four-part a capella singing, and maybe win some new members for your choir!