Froebel Boys Choir (Japanese:フレーベル少年合唱団) is a children chorus of boy sopranos and boy altos based in Tokyo. It is one of the well known boys choir in Japan. Choir is administered by Froebel-Kan Co., Ltd. well known as the publication of Japanese picture books. We count 4 junior high students, 53 primary schoolchildren and 24 preschool children in October, 2005.
Their activities include concerts, attractions, recordings of TV commercials and soundtracks of movies. They hold regular concerts as report to the company of the activity, once a year . Since 1993 the head office of Froebel-Kan (6-14-9 Honkomagome Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 113-8611 JAPAN) has served as their every week rehearsals and operations.
The chorus was established in July, 1959 at Froebel-Kan's old headquarters building of Kandaogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. It is said that it was the beginning of the thing that the CEO heard the singing voice of the boy chorus of East Germany from the radio, at his bedside early in the morning. In those days, Toshi Isobe takes office as the first conductor and starts recordings of the analogue disk in December of that year. They appeared on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) television in March in that next year. The choir began to appear for a concert from 1961.
The boys sing various genre music. Popular songs for infants, schoolchildren and adults, etc.. When conductors changed, their voice were changed from complete head tones to a normal chest voices.
Because the bright stage clothes established in December, 1959 maintained the same style for 45 years, it was interesting.
There are the graduates society and the parents' association. They supports the boys.
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