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What is Gloucestershire Boys' Choir?
Gloucestershire Boys' Choir is exactly that, a choir of boys with unchanged, treble voices that represents the county of Gloucestershire. This is what we are calling it for now, but we are open to changing the name if a good suggestion comes along!
Why just boys?
An important aim of the choir is to help boys through voice change and encourage them to continue singing as tenors and basses once they leave school. There is a general shortage of this voice types and boys will learn all the skills they need to give them to confidence to keep singing into adulthood.
How old does my son have to be to join?
Initially we're aiming at boys with unchanged voices in years 5, 6, 7, and 8. As boys' voices change, we will introduce pathways that will enable boys to continue singing. The hope is that they can then move up into Gloucestershire Youth Choir, Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir and hopefully school choirs too.
Why should my son join a choir?
The benefits of singing continue to be supported by extensive research, both relating to social well-being and academic achievement. And it's great fun!!
Is there an audition?
There is no audition, the only requirements are a love of singing, and an ability to carry a melody.
What music will you be singing?
The point of this choir is to cover as wide a range of music as possible. The choirs of Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum specialise in sacred choral music, but this is an opportunity to explore a wide variety of different styles and genres, so we hope there is something there for everyone.
When will they perform?
This is still to be decided, but alongside the choir's own concerts, we will take part in events such as Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts and hopefully a special project as part of the 2019 Three Choirs Festival, to take place in Tewkesbury Abbey.
How often do you meet?
This will not be a weekly choir, so we hope it can fit around regular commitments. We currently aim to rehearse once every six weeks, but rehearsals will generally be a little bit longer than a weekly practice.
What will it cost?
As sessions are longer than weekly groups, we will be charging £10 per boy, per rehearsal, though concession will be made for siblings, and if you want your son to join the choir but need financial support, this will also be considered on a case by case basis. There will be a reduced rate if you pay for a group of sessions in one go.