Thank you for showing an interest in the new Gloucestershire Boys' Choir!
FORTHCOMING REHEARSAL DATES
Sunday 12th January
Sunday 9th February
Sunday 8th March
Sunday 5th April
Sunday 10th May
Sunday 14th June
Sunday 12th July
Please complete this FORM to sign up for the NEXT SESSION. The first session is FREE!
All dates are subject to change.
There are two sessions on each rehearsal date.
Session 1 is for Treble Voices and will run from 2pm-3.15pm
Session 2 is for Cambiata Voices (Changing Voices) and will run from 3.30pm-4.45pm
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!
From September 2019, we will be introducing the 'Cambiata Voices' section of the choir to encourage boys to continue to sing as their voice changes.
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. We have introducted a new pathway for boys whose voices are changing, the Cambiata Voices, 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?
The choir has already given a concert of a variety of the songs we have learnt so far. In addition to that, a number of the boys too part in a performance of 'The Burning Boy' by Stephen McNeff as part of the Three Choirs Festival in 2019. This was a fantastic experience and a great opportunity for the boys to sing with professional singers and instrumentalists.
We were delighted to be part of 'A Christmas Cracker' in Cheltenham Town Hall, December 2019
How often do you meet?
We are not currently a weekly choir, so we hope it can fit around regular commitments. We currently aim to rehearse once every month, 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 £7.50 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.
Gloucestershire Boys' Choir is grateful for the support from Brimpsfield Music Society