At The Aloud Charity, we recognise that what we do would be impossible without the help of our brilliant choir leaders. These are the people that work with the young singers and help them develop their skills and talent. More importantly, they are the ones that help to shape a group of boys into a strong community that brings out the best in each individual.
We think our choir leaders deserve more of a spotlight so in the coming weeks and months we will introduce a series of interviews with each member of the team so that you can get to know them better, understand their role in more detail, and maybe get inspired to join the fun yourself!
Without further ado here is our first choir leader Jess Robinson. We asked Jess to share a story about her favourite event with Only Boys Aloud.
Do you have a favourite event that you have been on with the choir?
– As a choir leader, picking a favourite out of all of the Only Boys Aloud events is very tricky because you leave every concert thinking ‘’wow, that was awesome!’’ But if I had to pick one, it would be the performance from last year’s Academi.
I was very fortunate to be the vocal tutor during that week and work with the boys one-to-one, which was amazing, as I got the chance to hear them all and get to know their voices individually, instead of as a choir.
They were doing a collaboration with Rubicon dance, and some of the boys came in all excited and couldn’t wait to work together and get stuck into some dancing! But at the same time, for some of the boys, it was their worst nightmare to have to dance on stage! So I wasn’t really sure what to expect in the performance – I didn’t know how good it was going to be, or whether it was going to be something that the boys had gotten on board with.
But I was very pleasantly surprised – it was one of the best things I’ve ever seen! It was interesting too to see how the boys had changed their opinions as the week went on, and how it had become something that they were all really enjoying. This really came over in the performance.
It was also great to see two amazing organisations working together to create something completely new, and in such a short space of time. The overall result was just fantastic!’’
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