On this page you will find podcasts produced to inform, educate (and sometimes entertain) about matters to do with boys’ changing voices and the challenge of keeping boys singing during early adolescence.
A 20 minute introduction for those unsure of what “cambiata” is and how it relates to traditional English choral singing.
BBC Radio 4 programme broadcast on 1st January 2014. Christopher Gabbitas reflects on the magic of the boy voice. This contains my views on the topic and the “Barthel Experiment” with William Fielding (Contemporary Choral Work with Boys, pp 81-82)
One Cambiata Journey
An illustrated case study of a boy’s journey through voice change from age 13:09 to 15:02. This podcast illustrates many of the issues that crop up in cambiata work, including the difference between second treble and cambiata I. What does the tessitura sound like at different stages of voice change? How long do the stages last? How well does an individual voice actually fit the specified ranges? What if a voice “breaks” in the middle of a big musical show?