Nepalese soldiers perform impromptu song at Wensleydale Show

James and Edie perform at the Wensleydale Show.

Volunteers and visitors at the BlueBoxt live entertainment marquee at the Wensleydale Show last Saturday were treated to an impromptu performance by Khagendra Shrestha and Alon Rai, of the British Gurkah Army based at Catterick Garrison, who were attending the show with their fellow recruits.

“Just as Bert Bonhanan was due to perform, we were approached by Alon who asked if it would be possible to sing a traditional Nepali song,” said coordinator Colin Bailey.

“Championing young people to have a voice is what the charity is all about and providing a platform for the young soldiers to share their cultural heritage was the perfect fit.”

Bert, a volunteer musician, kindly agreed to lend Alon his guitar and the stage was set.

Khagendra and Alon treated the growing crowd to two songs.

There was group singing as the other recruits joined in the chorus and the audience didn’t hesitate when encouraged to wave their arms in time to the music. Enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation showed the two young performers how much joy and excitement they had created among the spectators.

“It was very unexpected to get the opportunity to sing a Nepali song. We are really proud of our country and the British Gurkha Army,” said Alon Ra.

“I would like to thank BlueBoxt for granting our request to sing and I hope everyone enjoyed and appreciated the little moment we created.”

Local charity BlueBoxt Creative and Performing Arts was invited to attend this year’s show by the organisers to provide entertainment and promote the diverse range of arts-based opportunities on offer for residents and visitors to Wensleydale and the surrounding area.

There were live performances throughout the day from Fred Norman, 16, James Lunn, 18, Edie Heringman, 18, and Bee Horner, 23, as well as Colin Bailey and Bert Bohanan covering aselection of music styles.

Blueboxt provide activities for all ages to participate and have regular sessions running from September including Play>Record>Perform, Wensleydale Community Gospel Choir, Leyburn Jazz Collective and Jazz workshops with Paul Edis for 11-19 year olds.

All groups will be performing as part of the Leyburn Jazz Festival which takes place 19th – 22nd October.

For more information see www.blueboxt.org or www.leyburnjazz.org 

The Wensleydale Agricultural Show also launched BlueBoxt’s new project Raising Creative Aspirations backed by Youth Music thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The charity is inviting young people aged 18-25 who are interested in working in the music industries to develop their creative ideas and career potential to get in touch.