Voice-change for many choristers can be devastating. To accommodate retired choristers who aren’t ready to stop singing, the NBCA decided to start a Young Men’s Choir this year. When Jasper was approached by Mr Bainbridge to join, his response was: “Let’s do it! I was really happy to join a smaller group and I feel very connected to these boys. I like that I am a founding member.” Lucas echoed similar feelings for his cohort: “I knew I would enjoy the Young Men’s Choir as my time as a chorister was such an enriching, joyous experience.” Once the Young Men’s Choir formed, it was an opportunity for choristers to reconnect with their old choir friends. “I was pretty excited at the thought of seeing some of my mates again but also at the thought of being part of something new.” Isaac says. This year, the NBCA welcomed back 11 choristers and they’re currently working on pieces such as My Evaline, Johnny Schmoker, George Jones and When She Loved Me. Lucas is enjoying the new repertoire. “We are currently working on some barbershop-style music and some Christmas carols. I really enjoy the barbershop music and it is very diff erent to what I sang in the Performing Choir.” This new choir will also be given the chance to perform as gigs arise once COVID-19 restrictions are over. In the meantime, the Young Men’s Choir is rehearsing and connecting online due to the restrictions. Jasper is “happy to still be able to rehearse” and Lucas feels that the choir is “on track with learning the pieces”. Those who are invited to return can expect many benefits. “I would defi nitely recommend the Young Men’s Choir as it is an excellent opportunity, a great way to maintain your voice over the teenage years and a great way to see friends from choir.” Jasper channels Lucas’ sentiment: “It’s fun!”

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