Here are all the films produced in the Boys Keep Singing series. They can be used in classrooms, but were originally conceived as a peer2peer communications – boys talking to boys. You will find them listed on this page as they were on the original Boys Keep Singing Site:
About The Voice: – science- -health- -change-
Joining In: –NYCGB- Guildford County- Formby High- Peckham Gospel- Yorkies.
Big Acoustics How to Keep Boys Singing (not)
They are also embedded in various other parts of the site, particularly the Boys’ Stuff pages and the Talks, Demonstrations and Advice pages. There is also a growing collection of new films produced (albeit on a much smaller budget!) since the original project. Boys keep Keep Singing!
Professor David Howard talks to boys from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain about how their voices work.
Dr Jenevora Williams talks to boys from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain about vocal performance and vocal health.
Riding the Changes
A film about well-managed voice change and identity change. Inigo Byrne progresses from cathedral chorister to rock singer via the different voice change stages.
Greg Beardsell and boys from the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain talk about JOINING IN…
Caroline Gale and boys from Guildford County School talk about JOINING IN . . .
Steve Cook and boys from Formby High School talk about JOINING IN and NFG (Not For Girls)
JOINING IN the Gospel choir at St Thomas the Apostle College, Peckham.
Primary school boys’ singing group the Yorkies spend a day with the choristers of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
Tim Noon and choristers from the Tardis (sorry, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral) talk about how well focussed choral singing in a big, resonant space is infinitely more satisfying the crooning into a microphone.
How Not to Do It
How NOT to keep boys singing. The teacher in this film is an actor, but the scenario, sadly, is a real one.
Cambiata North West
Cambiata North West is organised and run by the Association of British Choral Directors. It is a choir for adolescent boys whose voices are changing and it is based on the principles of the Cambiata Vocal Institute of America.
"Vocal work" in Y6
This film is an example of “vocal work”. Audition is being developed through the link of ear, brain, voice and body. The class is Y6 and the generalist teacher is being supported by the Voices Foundation.
Boys learn by imitation
A short film in the Contemporary Choral work with Boys series that shows how boys learn complex vocal skills, not by theoretical instruction but by direct imitation of a skilled teacher. Children have an amazing capacity to imitate what they hear and see. Theoretical understanding will follow several years later for any boys who elect to study singing and voice with a knowledgeable vocal coach. This film features the Cornwall Boys Choir and the conductor is Angela Renshaw.
Three thirteen year olds at different stages of development talk about their choices and preference for how high to sing during voice change. Human agency is shown to trump biology at this stage of development.
KS3 "Choral Work"
This film shows the early years of the highly successful KS3 boys choir at Bristol Cathedral Choir School. The boys here are mostly Y8 and are NOT choristers. The choir was started in response to the criticism that non-choristers were not singing. It illustrates well the “light green shirt” stage of cambiata as well as repertoire and pedagogy that motivates Y8 boys. The conductor is Kate Courage.