Song writing with the Port of Milford Haven
During May 2022, we are working in partnership with the Port of Milford Haven to deliver a song writing project, supported by Arts & Business Cymru’s CultureStep programme. Working with music students from Henry Tudor School in Pembroke, the new song will express the students’ feelings around protecting the future health of our planet.
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.
Inspired by the struggles we all experienced during Covid-19 lockdowns, the emotional song encourages us all to take a breath and remind us that we are never alone.
Aloud in Conversation
This new project is one of our lockdown initiatives to provide members of Only Boys Aloud with something different and original to listen to. We think it’s important to offer variety in our weekly rehearsals, and our Aloud in Conversation Series compliments this ethos perfectly.
About once a month through 2021, we are hosting hour-long, live interviews with some incredibly interesting and inspirational guests, including our Youth Ambassador Callum Scott Howells, fellow ex-OBA member Tom Hier, and Ambassadors Sir Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans.
Our wonderful guests are brilliant role models for our young members, discussing everything from embarrassing auditions, most memorable OBA moments, to their favourite Musical Theatre roles, and giving unique behind-the-scenes insight into their varied and successful careers.
Singing Project in Japan
We were very proud to work on this cultural singing project in partnership with three schools in Japan. Our Choir Leaders, along with members of Only Boys Aloud, hosted a series of workshops to teach the Japanese pupils our version of Calon Lân. And even though the choirs were 6000 miles away, they sounded beautiful!
Only 'Fitzalan' Aloud
We were delighted to receive funding from the Arts Council of Wales to support our brand new and pioneering Creative Collaborations project: ‘Only Fitzalan Aloud’!
Grammy Award winning singer song-writer and Aloud Ambassador Amy Wadge kicked off the 10-week singing and composition initiative held at Fitzalan High School in Cardiff.
Fitzalan High School is richly diverse; most of its pupils are from ethnic minority backgrounds, and the school also has high levels of socio-economic deprivation. Collaborating between Aloud tutors and Fitzalan staff, the project aimed to get as many pupils singing and creating together; using music as a catalyst for confidence, aspiration and respect.
This song-writing project brought together 30 young men (aged between 14 and 19) from the Gurnos Estate in Merthyr Tydfil and from our OBA Choir in Aberdare. They worked with the Aloud Team, Choir Leaders, and Aloud Ambassador Amy Wadge to write, rehearse, perform and record a brand new song.
The boys took part in a series of workshops which included physical and vocal warm-ups, team-building exercises, learning of specific vocal techniques, lyric and song-writing skills, performance and presentation skills.
After the project was completed, many of the new boys from Merthyr joined their local OBA Choir. To find your local choir visit our OBA Choir page.
White Rose Primary School
The most recent of our Aloud in the Classroom activity, the White Rose project was a song-writing and singing workshop for the teachers and pupils at White Rose Primary School in New Tredegar.
This award-winning project was a huge success, providing valuable experiences for everyone involved.
Working in partnership with 4 care providers, led by Care Forum Wales, the Lovely Days project brought members of Only Boys Aloud from across Wales together with residents of local care. The project resulted in three ‘Lovely Days Out’ where members of the community, care home residents, and OBA members gathered together to share songs and carry on conversations that began during the previous weekly visits to the care homes.
This intergenerational project followed a pilot project that saw OBA move their weekly rehearsals into care homes during the Christmas season.
The project not only demonstrated that music has the power to unites people across generations, but gave members of OBA the opportunity to communicate and socialise with the care home residents.
Tim Rhys-Evans commented “It is very easy for younger generations to be ‘shielded’ from older people with fewer elderly people being looked after at home nowadays. Consequently, young people can have a rather skewed view of people in care homes and all too easily forget that they too were young once with wonderful life-experience, great senses of humour and colourful histories that they want to share. We know that spending time with young people has a tremendous impact on the wellbeing of older people and the benefits of singing together sums up everything that Aloud stands for.”
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