BOYS AND CHORAL SINGING
Aside from the proliferation of virtual choirs (some ingenious, many highly creative) boys across the world have had to stop singing together. I look forwards to the day when they can do so again, safely. Meanwhile, to assist those whose job it is to bring that about, I am putting up some additional resources on this page.
Choirs and aerosols: Information Sheet. Choirs will be able to sing again when the activity has been risk assessed as safe for them. This information sheet may help with the assessment of risks resulting from aerosol particles generated by singing. This is a risk that choirs must control for over and above the known risks in public spaces such as supermarkets or buses and trains.
Where have all the singers gone? and when will they return? Prospects for choral singing after the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, ABCD Choral Directions Research, Vol. 1 supplement. I wrote this paper in my capacity as editor-in-chief of ABCD's research journal with the objective of informing a research informed response that would be useful to choral directors. You will be able to access it via ABCD's website from Thursday 4th June onwards.
When boys discover the value of it, they sing
Where have all the singers gone? and when will they return? Prospects for choral singing after the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, ABCD Choral Directions Research, Vol. 1 supplement.
Pitch, pedagogy and performance: demographic structure and vocal blending in an English cathedral boys' choir, ABCD Choral Directions Research, 1: 49 - 59
Three supplementary (2019) chapters to How High Should Boys Sing, available here.
Voices at Thirteen: when is the 'golden year' for an English boy chorister?
Wee shall hear the fearest voyces of all cathedral churches in England: Uncovering a lost treasure of English choral singing.
A high-stretched minikin or a good strong mean? Young masculinity, identity and voice in the late sixteenth century.
What Voices Have Emerged? Lessons on boys' vocal dispositions and choral tone from a new choral leaflet series Music Education Research. 10.1080/14613808.2018.1534819
Beautiful Swansongs of English Cathedral Music: adolescence and the boy "treble" voice. NATS Journal of Singing, 75 (2), 141 - 153.
To make again sweete musicke with the fearest voyces of England. ABCD Yearbook, 2018, 34-37.
The English choral tradition and the secular trend in pubertal timing, International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. 4 (2), 4 – 27.
1000 Years and 1000 Boys’ Voices: the crisis and radical challenge for boys’ singing, in U. Geisler and K. Johansson (eds), Choral Singing: histories and practices. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Broken voices or a broken curriculum? the impact of research on UK school choral practice with boys. British Journal of Music Education, 30 (3), 311 – 327.
With Mecke A-C “Boyes are apt to change their voice at about fourteene yeeres of age”: an historical background to the debate about longevity in boy treble singers. Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music, 1, 1 – 19.
The Angel Enigma: experienced boy singers’ perceptual judgements of changing voices. Music Education Research 13 (3), 343 -354.
Should I be singing this and if so, how high? boys reveal their masculinities, In J. Adams, M. Cochrane & l. Dunne (eds) The Application of Theory to Educational Research. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
The perpetuation of hegemonic male power and the loss of boyhood innocence: case studies from the music industry. Journal of Youth Studies 14 (1), 59 – 76.
Technique or Testosterone? An empirical report on changes in the longevity of boy singers. , NATS Journal of Singing November/December, 137 – 145 . Access via Questia.
Slappers who gouge your eyes: Vocal performance as exemplification of disturbing inertia in gender equality, Gender and Education, 22 (1), 47-62. Visit archive
“Real boys” don’t sing, but real boys do: the challenge of constructing and communicating acceptable boyhood, THYMOS Journal of Boyhood Studies, 4 (1), 54 – 69. Visit archive
Boyhood melancholia and the vocal projection of masculinity, THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies, 2 (1), 26 – 35. Visit archive
You sing like a girl? An exploration of boyness through the treble voice, Sex Education: sexuality, society and learning, 6 (2), 193 -205. Visit archive
The spiritual, the cultural and the religious: What can we learn from a study of boy choristers?, International Journal of Children’s Spirituality, 7 (3), 257 -272.
Singing, gender and health: Perspectives from boys singing in a church choir, Health Education, 102 (4), 180 -187.
Go to my BKS media site where you will find films, recordings, broadcasts, lectures and podcast on boys' voices and choral singing