Only Boys Aloud Choir
Only Boys Aloud is made up of over 150 boys attending 11 choirs across Wales each week. There are no auditions and it’s free to join!
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See us live!
Only Boys Aloud members have a busy programme of performances throughout the year! Explore our upcoming events.
Only Boys Aloud (OBA) was born from a desire to encourage young Welsh men to be ambitious and equipped with the skills to succeed in life, and in any career. Made up of 150 boys attending 11 choirs across Wales, local choirs come together every week in term time to have fun and rehearse in community centres and rugby clubs.
From seasoned singers to those who’ve never tried it before, our doors are always open to new members; any boy between the ages of 11 and 19 (years 7 to 13) can join. OBA is completely free, non-auditioned and non-judgemental. Our ethos is inclusivity; we are open to all, regardless of background.
Being the only project of its type in Wales, OBA runs in some of the most deprived and disadvantaged areas of the country. It is a solution to the low levels of self-esteem and aspirations often experienced by teenage boys. OBA provides positive role-models, builds confidence, improves wellbeing, teaches values of respect and diversity, and fosters lifelong friendships.
Led by professional choral leaders, members receive high-quality musical experiences, performance training and opportunities to perform in prestigious events. Boys sing a varied repertoire of modern pop classics and traditional Welsh choral music.
OBA Alumni have become successful in all walks of life, including as musical theatre stars, scientists, opera singers, accountants and policemen.
Why join an Only Boys Aloud Choir?
Our experienced choir leaders help our boys develop their own self-confidence. Whether it’s through performing on stage, getting a solo line or singing in a recording studio, their newfound self-esteem will shine through in everyday life.
Sense of Community
Our members and their families often describe their involvement in our activity like being part of a family. We are proud to contribute more engaged and energised people to our society.
Through OBA, our members learn life-skills that help them reach their potential, whatever path they choose in life. Beyond singing, they’ll experience working as a team, interacting with others and public speaking.
GEN Z: The Aloud Album
The album features our three choirs: Only Boys Aloud, Only Girls Aloud, and Only Kids Aloud. Tracks range from West End hit You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen to more traditional Welsh songs such as Gwinllan.
Only Boys Aloud - You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen
Only Boys Aloud Academi
A residential course for OBA members to develop their skills and confidence through an intensive programme of rehearsals, training, and masterclasses!
Only Boys Aloud Alumni
A vibrant group of former members who have graduated from OBA to go on to further studies or employment.
Our Youth Forum gives our participants the opportunity to shape decision making at Aloud. Members share the opinions and suggestions of their fellow coir members, establishing a deeper sense of ownership of their choir.
Recent OBA Projects
We were proud to represent Wales as part of Sound UK’s project A Song For Us in March 2022. This project commissioned leading music creators to write new songs inspired by the people of their county. In Wales’ case, Grammy-award winning and Aloud Ambassador Amy Wadge and Aloud’s founder Tim Rhys-Evans were commissioned to write a song especially for our Aloud choirs.
Singing Project in Japan
We were proud to continue our cultural exchange with schools in Japan, providing opportunities for young people in Wales and Japan to learn about and experience each other’s languages and cultures.
Information for families
Find answers to the most common questions we get about joining a choir, rehearsals, and performances.
Help keep the music alive
Make a Donation
By donating today, you’ll be part of the Aloud story, helping us provide positive, life-changing experiences for young people across Wales.
Become a Calon Member
Calon means ‘Heart’ in Welsh and our Calon Members are the beating heart of The Aloud Charity, playing a vital part in our success.
Fundraise for Us
Whether you want to run a marathon or take on your own charity challenge, you can help support our activity in your local area.