Here you will find audio material produced by the Boys Keep Singing project. Most of this illustrates different aspects of adolescent voice change.
The first two items were recorded by a specially convened choir of boys from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and were used as background music for the films. Here you can listen to them in complete, uniterrupted form.
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Treble and Cambiata
Here you can listen to two different versions of Sting’s Fields of Gold. The first is sung by unchanged voices in the key of B flat. The lowest note is therefore Bb3, a semitone above the normally quoted A3 for the bottom of “treble” range.
The second is sung by cambiata voices in the key of F. This key was chosen by finding the note three semitones below the mean speaking pitch of the three boys. This was F3, a semitone above the quoted range bottom for cambiata II, or a semitone below the range bottom for cambiata I. The tone is still that of pre-mutational climax. This is what cambiata should sound like.
The well known Gospel medley
Listen to these two versions of the well-known Gospel medley. The first is sung by changed and unchanged voices an octave apart. The key is F major which means that both parts have to cross the C to E passagio at their respective pitches. This is not comfortable singing for changing voices.
If you are working with changing voices, you must transpose. The second version is in Bb, giving a range of F3 – G4 (extreme). This fits the voices much better. The singing is more relaxed and comfortable.