Two things inform the work we do through OBA: one is our belief in the culturally important role of male choirs in Wales – traditionally bringing communities together in times of hardship or celebration. The second and perhaps even more crucial to us is a desire to ensure that the young men of Wales are encouraged to be ambitious for their future and are equipped with the life skills to fulfil their potential.
Only Boys Aloud is made up of some 240 boys attending 14 choirs across Wales, from Holyhead to Cwmbran. Led by experienced professional choral leaders, every week during term time these local choirs meet. Our doors are always open to new members – there is no charge and no audition. From seasoned singers to those who’ve never tried it before, any boy between the ages of 11 and 19 can join.
From weekly rehearsals to bringing all 240 boys together for large-scale performances, what matters to us is equality of access and quality of experience: these two drivers are behind everything we do in OBA.