Alessandro CristianoAlessandro is nine years old, but unlike many other auditioning choristers, he knew a lot about the choir because his 16-year-old cousin Hunter, had filled him in.

“One day, he showed me a video of him singing a solo at Carols by Candlelight.

“I was really interested. I talked to my parents and decided to audition.”

When it was time for auditions, Alessandro had been worded up on some basic things.

“I stood up properly; making sure I could fit a foot between my two feet and kept my arms by my side.

“Mr Bainbridge pressed a key on the piano and I had to copy the sound of that key with my voice.”

He must have done well because the following Monday evening an email arrived inviting him to join the National Boys Choir of Australia.

Alessandro already has a taste for singing in a choir. At school he’s a member of the Choir Club and some lunchtimes are spent practising.

“I’ve performed in front of an audience already. At school, the Choir Club sang carols to the whole school,” he said excitedly.

Alessandro knows there will be a bit of work, as well as a lot of fun at the NBCA. He’s looking forward to learning more about reading music and hopes it will help him with piano which he’s just started experimenting with this year.

“There is a lot I’m looking forward to,” he said.

“I’d love travelling the world and singing around Europe.”

Alessandro has relatives in Italy; Venice and Calabria…And who knows, if he’s lucky enough to catch up with them while he’s performing in the NBCA, they’ll see he is a well-dressed, well-mannered, talented young man.

That’s the aim of the NBCA for all choristers.


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