Cornwall Festival Boys' Choir
The International Male Voice Choral Festival in Cornwall takes place every two years with events centered in the town of Truro. The first such event took place in May 2003, and in 2007, two Cornish festival choirs will be formed specially for the occasion for the first time. A boys choir of 120 singers from various primary schools and a secondary-age youth male chorus will feature in a special "Sing Out" youth male choir project.
The choirs will exist for the duration of the International Male Voice Choral Festival in Cornwall.
Jakob De Menezes-Wood
Member of Libera
Jakob is credited with his first album solo, "Lead, Kindly Light" with the 2010 release of Peace. He also lends support in several songs, singing duets with Benedict Philipp and Stefan Leadbeater.
Edit: Jakob lends support in a duet with Benedict Philipp on the album Peace.
Jakob made his first public appearance in 2007 at a Libera-concert.
Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix Potencée de Toulouse
[Maîtrise de la Cathédrale Saint Etienne de Toulouse]
La manécanterie des Petits chanteurs à la croix potencée est une manécanterie fondée en 1936 à Toulouse par l'abbé Rey, ami de l'abbé Maillet. À l'origine ce n'était qu'une troupe de scouts qui pratiquaient le chant avec leur aumônier; actuellement elle est la Maîtrise de la Cathédrale Saint Etienne de Toulouse. Pendant la guerre les Petits chanteurs de Toulouse accueillent durant quelque temps leurs collègues des Petits Chanteurs à la croix de bois, d'où le même uniforme depuis cette époque. Après la guerre, le chœur connaît un certain succès, rassemblant certaines années plus de 100 enfants et se produisant à travers le monde lors de tournées estivales.
Only Boys Aloud
Founded by 'Only Men Aloud' to encourage singing among young men across South Wales, 'Only Boys Aloud' [OBA] is a choir made up of approximately 175 young men aged 14 – 19 who rehearse weekly in local Only Boys Aloud Choirs stretching from Cross Hands to Cwmbran and Treorchy to Caerphilly.
Established to re-invigorate the Welsh male choral tradition, OBA also embraces choral singing as a means for these young men to broaden their horizons and grow in ability and self–confidence in a supportive environment whilst also challenging long-held misconceptions about teenage males from South Wales.
OBA aims to offer the boys extraordinary experiences underlining the fact that as an engaged member of a choir, a wealth of opportunities can open up for them. The boys' inaugural appearance took place at the National Eisteddfod at Ebbw Vale in 2010. Since then they have appeared at many high-profile events including at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff with Dame Shirley Bassey and Catherine Zeta Jones in the Ryder Cup Welcome to Wales concert and at London's South Bank Centre. In December 2011 they joined forces with their father company, Only Men Aloud, to perform on the final night of OMA's arena tour at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and also featured on OMA's Christmas CD. They have been the subject of two TV documentaries and appeared on BBC's Songs of Praise. In May 2012, Only Boys Aloud came third in ITV's Britain's Got Talent. In August, it was announced that they have signed a major record deal with Relentless Records and Sony Music. Equally important for the group are the community-based performances in which the boys perform which, combined with the larger events, give them a breadth of experience.
Only Boys Aloud is an open-access project – any boy aged 14-19 who commits to the weekly rehearsals is warmly welcomed to their local group and is not required to audition. [from the choir's website, Dec. 2012]
Knabenchor der Chorakademie am Konzerthaus Dortmund
The Boys Choir is part of the choir academy at the Concert house Dortmund, which was founded in May 2002 at the same time like the Concert house. Forerunner was the Monteverdi-Junior-Choir, which was founded in 1995 with the focus on opera and concert-music
Today the choir academy has about 1300 members in 30 different choirs.
The Boys Choirs are seperatet in three levels. The Boys sing regulary the "Three Boys" in the "Magic Flute", "Jeanne d'Arc" Honneger, "War requiem" Britten, "Parsifal" Wagner, "La damnation de Faust" Berlioz
Der Knabenchor ist einer der herausragendsten Fachbereiche der noch recht jungen Chorakademie am Konzerthaus Dortmund. Im Mai 2002 wurde das tragende Konzept der Chorakademie in die Praxis umgesetzt und die Institution in der heutigen Form gegründet, rechtzeitig zur Eröffnung des Konzerthauses Dortmund. Vorläufer ist der im Jahr 1995 gegründete Monteverdi-Junior-Chor, der sich bereits von Anfang an auf eine umfangreiche Nachwuchsarbeit stützte und das Ziel verfolgte, die Kinder und Jugendlichen in erster Linie an "klassische" Musik im Bereich Oper und Konzert heranzuführen.
Die Chorakademie ist heute eine Singschule mit etwa 1.300 Kindern, Jugendlichen und Erwachsenen in über 30 verschiedenen Chorensembles, die in ihrer Größe und Form europaweit einzigartig ist.
Neben den Kinderchören, die zahlenmäßig die meisten Sänger/innen ausmachen, unterhält die Chorakademie einen Leistungsbereich, der aus zwei Opernkinderchören, einem Jugendchor, einem Jugend-Kammerchor, einem Mädchenchor und dem Sinfonischen Chor besteht. Und eben aus dem momentan aus drei Chorstufen bestehenden Knabenchor.
Oftmals schon hat der Knabenchor der Chorakademie sein Potential bereits unter Beweis stellen können. So gehören nicht nur die "Drei Knaben" aus Mozarts "Zauberflöte" zum festen Repertoire des Knabenchors (Theater Dortmund, Theater Hagen, Ruhr-Triennale, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Aalto Theater Essen). Er beteiligte sich u.a. bereits an Produktionen wie Mahlers 3. Sinfonie (Eröffnung Dortmunder Konzerthaus), Honnegers "Jeanne d'Arc" (Symphonieorchester der Stadt Münster), Brittens "War requiem" (Duisburger Philharmoniker), Wagners "Parsifal" (Eröffnung Bochumer Jahrhunderthalle an der Seite des Bayerischen Rundfunkorchesters aus München) und Berlioz' "La damnation de Faust" (Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo unter Marek Janowski).
Charlie Dalton was a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, London. He has sung many major solos, including the top line of the Allegri Miserere, which is often considered to be the pinnacle of a chorister's career (Good Friday, 2004). He also was a member of Boys Air Choir as a soloist for their In Paradisum album in 2004.
Charlie plays the trumpet, and in March 2007 performed in a charity concert for the building of the new Clinical Research Facility at King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill.
Charlie ist z.Z. (Mrz 2005) ein älteres Chorister an der Kathedrale Str. Pauls, London. Er hat viele Hauptsoli, einschließlich der oberen Linie des Allegri Miserere gesungen, das häufig betrachtet wird, der Pinnacle einer Karriere der choristers (guter Freitag, 2004) zu sein.
St. Croix Valley Boy Choir
St. Croix Valley Boy Choir, Stillwater, Minnesota USA is a community based boychoir serving boys from eight schools located along the lower St. Croix River between Wisconsin and Minnesota. The boychoir provides music opportunities to both treble voices and changed voices through high school working both as separate choirs and joint SATB ensembles.
James Rainbird was born in Rustington, West Sussex, in May 1975 and at the time of this recording was educated at King's House School, Richmond, Surrey. As a member of the King's House School Choir he has been a featured soloist on tour in France in 1984 with concerts in Fontainbleu, Larchant Cathedral and Notre Dame, Paris; and in 1985 on tour in New York State. London engagements with the choir included venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, the Grosvenor House Hotel, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Among the recording credits with the Choir included backing Tina Turner for the song "We don't need another hero" from the film "Max Max Beyond Thunderdome."
In January 1986 James understudied Aled Jones on three occasions for "The Snowman" and in February sang "Walking in the Air" under Howard Blake's baton -- this successful concert for Raymond Gubbey Concerts was repeated in April. James recorded two scores for Nigel Hess -- the first being "Winter's Tale" for the Royal Shakesspeare Company at Stratford and after this for a play starring Helen Mirren.
In December 1986, James was a guest soloist for BBC Radio 2 "Friday Night is Music Night: with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black and also for a Gala Night of 100 Stars from the London Paladium -- broadcast on LWT on Boxing Day. James' main achievement during December 1986 was an invitation from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to study the role of Amahl in Menotti's opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors." The opera directed by the composer was presented by The Royal Opera House during December in honour of Menotti's 75th birthday. It was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and later James recorded the rold for TER Records.
He has recorded the solo vocal music for "Empire of the Sun," a film by Steven Spielberg, and performed in the Volte-Face production of Benjamin Britten's Church Parables in the Camden Festival. He then recorded "Jonathan's Song" -- the title song for the film "Magic Toyshop" and was invited to perform with the Wren Orchestra conducted by Stanley Myers at the Grosvenor House Hotel for the 1987 International Confederation of the Variety Clubs...and subsequently for the occasion to honour Sir Alec Guinness at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival where he sang in front of Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince and Princess of Wales.
Since this recording, James worked extensively with Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing regularly at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and other enues throughout Europe and the USA. James went on to study as a Music Scolar at Frensham Heights School. Under the expert guidance and training of Edwin Rolles, he continued his musical career as a soloist with many guest performances. Today he continues to sing, living and working in central London as a singer/songwriter. — Sleeve Notes
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About me: I'm 13 years old, I live in NRW (Germany). And I've been doing music, since 2008 (2 Years): my keyboard lessons and voice lessons....
I'ts fun to write and compose own songs. Well, I'ts the most fun to me. I've already written and composed many Songs (but I've got many ideas for new songs). I'm gonna upload my Songs on my youtube - Channel. I hope, that I'll find a producer for my own music.
You can call me ,,Mike" (english) or ,,Meik" (german). At first I want to be "MIkeboymaster" on Youtube, but Someday I'll change this name to my real name.
My own songs (written and composed by me):
Beautiful day, Generations, Coming home, Here in my heart, All that for you, We gotta time
I hope you like it !!!
Skt. Clemens Drengekor
Founded as a joint initiative between Domkantor Carsten Seyer-Hansen and the Aarhus Musikskole the choir of boys and men began in May 2003 and gave their first concert in November in the same year. Ever since the amateur choir is giving about ten concert performances each year. The choir has travelled countries of Northern Europe and worked together with other choirs such as the Herning Kirkes Drengekor, the Thisted Drenge- og Mandskor or the Haderslev Drengekor.
Formed in May, 2004, OUTL4W is a four piece rock band three of whom are brothers. They are Jack Bentham (10)-guitar, William Bentham (13)-bass, Stuart Newburn (15)-drums, and Robert Bentham (12)-guitar. Their music is a mix of cover and original songs. In 2005 they won a competition to make a hit summer single with their song "Summer of Rock 'n' Roll". OUTL4W has been recording for their first full length release set for July 2006. They are from Lytham St. Annes, England.
Now, in 2009, Jack Bentham (14), William Bentham (17), Stuart Newburn (19), and Robert Bentham (16) have a decent amount of fame in Japan and continue to tour all over Europe.
Triston Timothy Coleman (born March 1, 1998) is an American teen actor, singer, dancer, and rapper. He began rapping at the age of five then he transitioned to American pop at ten. He had performed at many events with large crowds. Today he has made a great impact and had done great music covers and music videos via YouTube. As of February 2012 he had released an new music video titled: Troop$ he which it is in tribute to all of our falling heroes and to the ones that is fighting for our country. Also he had released singles via iTunes in which you can purchase. Triston is talented and has a great voice and a great actor that is on new journey.
Triston Coleman was born in California and resides in Los Angeles Ca., With his father, mother, and younger brother.
Royston William Langdon was born on May 1, 1972 in Leeds. He has two brothers, Antony and Christian Langdon. At the age of seven, Royston Langdon joined the Leeds Parish Church choir along with his older brother Antony and immediately developed an interest in music.
As a teenager, Royston joined various band projects before eventually landing in New York City when he was 21. He and his brother Antony formed the alternative rock band "Spacehog", along with two other members who were also from Leeds. With Royston on bass and vocals, the band signed in 1994 with Seymour Stein to Sire Records.
The band's debut album, "Resident Alien", went gold on the Billboard charts. It spun off the hit single and video "In the Meantime" as well as the single "Cruel to be Kind".
Helmut Wittek joined the Tölzer Knabenchor in the 1980s, becoming a soloist and later a teacher within the choir. In addition to the recordings listed below, he was also featured on Bach: Cantatas & Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) with Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec/Unitel). One of the highlights of his singing career was playing the role of Orlofsky in Johan Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" at Nederlandse Opera under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Helmut left the choir in 1996 and presently works in the sound recording industry.
The German boy soprano (and later cellist and conductor), Allan (Alan) Bergius, was born to a musician family, and therefore came in contact with music very early. From 1978 to 1980 he studied to play the cello with Heinrich Klug (solo cellist of the Münchner Philharmoniker). In 1980 he became a member and a soprano soloist of the Tölzer Knabenchor. For seven tears (until 1986) he appeared with them under conductors as Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Nikolaus Harnoncourt and made tours to Europe, Israel and the USA. High point of this stage of his career was in 1984, when he sang the solo part in Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Leonard Bernstein with concerts in Vienna, Milan and the USA.
In 1983 Allan Bergius entered the cello class of Jan Polašek in Munich. In 1985, still as a young person, Allan Bergius created his own chamber orchestra Camerata Juvenalis, which remained together for nine years (up to the end of his school time). According to his own words, he could already acquire his own language for conducting with this orchestra, and they gave concerts in Germany, UK and Denmark. From 1986 to 1996 he took conducting courses with Helmuth Rilling, Richard Schumacher and Milos A. Machek. He finished successfully his cello studies study with the concert exam in 1998 at the Musikhochschule in Köln.
From 1994 to 1998, Allan Bergius studied cello with Frans Helmerson at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln, passing maturity examination and concert exam. He also studied quartet playing with the Alban Berg Quartet in Köln. From April 1998 to 2001 he studied conducting with Professor Michael Luig at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln.
In May 1999 Allan Bergius made his debut at the Kölner Philharmonie with the Kölner Kammerorchester, and a short time afterwards he received Promotion Prize with the German University Competition in Weimar. In 1999-2000 he led the orchestra and the choir of the Essen University. In August 2000 he played cello as a soloist at the Deutschen Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. August 2001 he became 2nd Kapellmeister at the Vereinigten Städtischen Bühnen Krefeld and Mönchengladbach. In 2003 Allan Bergius conducted the Niederrheinischen Konzertchor. In 2004 he received Promotion Prize of the country North-Rhine/Westphalia, and Promotion Prize of the "friends" of the Theater Krefeld-Mönchengladbach.
From 1993 to 2004 Allan Bergius was promoted by the Deutschen Musikrat: including courses with Max Pommer, Kurt Sanderling, Eiji Oue, Peter Gülke, Klauspeter Seibel, Hans-Dieter Baum, Christian Simonis, Günther Herbig and Hans Drewanz. Orchestra workshop with Ulrich Windfuhr. In April 2000 he was 2nd in Förderstufe, and in June 2003 in 3rd in Förderstufe. Currently he is a conductor in Mönchengladbach at the Opera house there.
Georg was a soprano soloist in the Wiener Sängerknaben and has become very much at home in the Viennese Classical period and passionate about the interpretation of early and contemporary music. His talent as an actor became apparent during his schooldays and led to early performances at the Vienna Burgtheater.
As a baritone Georg has sung Mozartian opera roles in France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. Among his most important roles are Papageno, Don Alfonso (with Thomas Hengelbrock 1999 and 2000 at the Sommerfestspielen Baden-Baden) and Don Giovanni (in the production of Tobias Moretti in 2002).
Richard Birchall became a chorister at St. George's Chapel in Windsor in 1992 at the age of eight. He was appointed Head Chorister in 1996. During his time at Windsor he sang many solos in services, concerts and broadcasts and performed on several occasions in the presence of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Having won both academic and music scholarships to Winchester College he became a scholar there before taking up studies in Cambridge.
He read Music at Cambridge University before studying cello as a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Louise Hopkins. Richard has performed many of the major concerti with orchestras including the Nonesuch Orchestra, Guildford Symphony Orchestra, the Croydon Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Tamesa, at venues such as West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (Dvorak) and St John's, Smith Square (Elgar). He made his Purcell Room debut in January 2010, in a programme which featured London premieres of works by Edward Harper and Sally Beamish. Richard's professional orchestral work has included concerts with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Manning Camerata.
Richard was the 2005 winner of the prestigious Muriel Taylor Scholarship, and his postgraduate studies were further supported by the Musicians' Benevolent Fund Music Education and Myra Hess Awards, the Craxton Memorial Trust, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Countess of Munster Trust. Richard has recently joined the staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he holds the post of Strings Assistant.
Miguel Moura passou no casting d "Uma kançao para ti" e paxou a grand final....
Florian joined the St. Florianer Sängerknaben in 1986 at the age of nine. He sang at St Florian until 1992. Florian is now a tenor with the Vienna Harmonists.
Ibrahim "Ibo" Chouqeir
Ibrahim Chouqeir, also known as Ibo, was born in May 1994. When he was ten years old, he won the Danish Melody Grand Prix for Kids in 2004 as the youngest member of the group the group Cool Kids. The winning song "Pigen Er Min" was a smash hit and the MGP album went double platinum. At this young age he managed to tour and performs at major festivals and venues all around Denmark.
Ibo is now working in the studio on his solo album "Tilbage igen" which will hit the stores soon.
Mark studied music at Dublin Institute of Technology, Conservatory of Music and Drama, where his tutor was Anne Marie O'Sullivan and Robert Alderson. He was awarded a BMus Performance degree in June 2006. Mark currently is on the Post-Graduate course at Royal Northern College of Music, Studying Voice with Barbara Robotham.
In 1996 Mark was the boy soprano soloist on R.T.E's 'Faith of our Fathers'. Mark has been successful in many competitions. He has been awarded the William T. Watt cup for Tenor solo and in June 2004 he was a recipient of the Count John Mc Cormack Bursary.
He has participated in master classes given by Mark John Ainsley, Ugo Benelli, Julius Drake, Eric von Ibler and Denis O'Neill.
At DIT Mark sang Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Dr. Caius (Falstaff), Parpignol (La Boheme), Borsa (Rigoletto), Gastone (La Traviata) and Alfredo (Die Fledermaus), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Eurydice) in excerpts annually presented by DIT at the National Concert Hall. Mark sang the role of Don Basilio in Opera Ireland/DIT 'Bite-size' production of 'The Marriage of Figaro' under the direction of Dieter Kagei at the Gaiety Theatre. At RNCM Mark has sang Monsieur Triquet (Eugene Onegin) and excerpts of Jaquino (Fidelio), Lysander (A Midsummer night's dream) and Lurcanio (Ariodante).
He has sung as a member of the chorus for Opera Ireland. Previous performances include Tosca, Jenůfa, Orfeo Ed Eurydice (Ireland/Germany), Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, La Traviata, Imeneo and La Cenerentola. Professional opera engagements have included Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro for lyric opera, Spiridione in Il Campanello for Anna Livia, Dancairo Carmen, Mananan International Opera Festival.
Mark sings regularly in concert and Oratorio. Previously this year Mark participated in Mozart's Requiem conducted by Sir Colin Davis and sang the Tenor solo in Handel's Dixit Dominus for an audience at Lord Cholmondeley stately home. Most recently this year at the Manchester International Music festival Mark was involved in a commissioned stage work by Anri Sala.
Mark has currently taken up a position on the Baylis, Opera works Singing programme at English National Opera, London for 2009/2010
Nasco il 3 maggio 1951 nel quartiere popolare di Santa Lucia a Napoli, più precisamente in via del Palonetto, da papà Umberto, operaio dell'Italsider, e mamma Giuseppina. Nato in una famiglia numerosa, sono il quinto di otto figli, già da piccolo comincio a svolgere ogni tipo di mestiere dando il mio piccolo contributo. Vinaio, garzone, fruttivendolo, guarda macchine, barista, strillone di giornali... tra un "mestiere" ed un altro, arrotondo la giornata cantando nei ristoranti e per i vicoli della mia città.
A 12 anni comincio ad esibirmi in serate "vere": battesimi, cresime, matrimoni, compleanni, onomastici...
A 13 anni, con il nome Gianni Rock, oltrepasso l'oceano per arrivare in America debuttando all'Accademy di Brooklyn come spalla ad uno dei più grandi interpreti della canzone napoletana Sergio Bruni in una serie di concerti per i nostri connazionali.
Tornato a Napoli mi aspettano due anni nell'affascinante mondo delle feste di piazza fino ad arrivare al grande debutto in televisione con Canzonissima "Scala Reale". Da quel momento in poi il ragazzino Giovanni Calone alias Gianni Rock, diventa per il pubblico italiano Massimo Ranieri.
Danny Sveinson was a guitarist from Surrey, BC who many believe will become a great guitar legend. He writes and performs all his own songs. Danny and his band was chosen as the closing act of the ten day Telus World Ski and Snowboarding Festival. He is also the youngest performer ever to play The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. In addition, Danny has played such venues as the Apollo Theater and the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. He has also appeared (interviews and performing) on a number of Canadian TV shows.
Né en 1975 à Buenos Aires.
Dylan was born on May 4, 1996 in Washington State, USA. He immediately started using his voice and hasn't stopped since. Dylan has always been a very social person. When people meet Dylan they often remark on how articulate, well mannered, charming and funny he is. He has been described as having personality plus.
As a small child Dylan was always dressing in costumes, acting out stories and putting on shows for his family. When he was 3 years old he told his mother "I'm going to be a star… on stage, not TV." Dylan then started taking Dance lessons for the next 4 years. He really enjoyed the Jazz and Hip Hop classes. He became quite good and received a Scholarship from the school. After 4 years of Dance he decided that the costumes had become a little too much for him and quit. Dylan then told his parents that he thought he could sing, so for his 10th birthday he was surprised to receive an interview with a vocal coach. It was then his parents turn to be surprised, when the vocal coach said "He has a really good voice, he can sing." This was the start of Dylan's passion.
Dylan's greatest love is to sing and be on stage. His vocal range is bass to soprano, Dylan can hit a high E..E6. Dylan enjoys all types of music and sings, pop, country, adult contemporary, and musical theater. He wrote his first song (What Up With School) at age 13. He has since traveled to Nashville to record with Raining Faith. Dylan loves to make people smile and laugh or just be able to forget their problems for a few minutes. Dylan has been performing at schools, street fairs, state fair, farmers markets, malls and festivals. He is currently working on writing original songs.
Dylan is also interested in acting, and would love to be in a Broadway play. His favorite musical's are Wicked, and The Phantom Of The Opera. he collects anything that has to do with these Musicals. He greatly admires Sarah Boggess, Emmy Rossum, Ramin Karimloo Kristen Chenowith, Pink, LeAnn Rimes, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Dylan had the opportunity to meet Carrie Underwood at the Washington State Fair.
Dylan is an A, B student in school, and enjoys Drama class and Choir. When He is not singing Dylan loves training and playing with his German shepherd dog. He also enjoys swimming, playing soccer with his dog and Dad, biking and riding dirt bikes. Dylan dreams of becoming a professional recording artist, and traveling around the world.
Remington Lead Vocals | Piano | Guitar Welcome to REM world. Remington is considered the genius magician. This quirky lead singer of the Kropp Circle Band who also likes his quiet, easily comes alive on stage and transforms into your typical front man who belts out his vocals and fires up the audience. As a lyricist, he often literally sees the words--lyrics in the air--when the band is creating new songs. During creative sessions, he is known to disappear, only to reappear later with complete lyrics. Maybe that's why they call him the magician.
[Christopher Maurice Brown]
Christopher Maurice Brown was born on May 5, 1989 in a town of Tappahannock, in Virginia populated at around 2000 people. He is one of two siblings born to Clinton Brown and Joyce Hawkins. Brown was in love with music from an early age, ever since he could hear the music his parents played in the home radio. It's no surprise if numerous musicians of the 80s influenced his music; ranged from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, to Aretha Franklin. At the age of 22, he has done things that most musicians don't have the chance to at the same age. He has launched his own album, written and sung his songs, released many other albums co-directed his own videos, ended in double platinum, and traveled around the globe to smash another record of music tour. He has starred in films and has captured the star-lights of the world.
Born in Burladingen, Germany, Johannes Braun made it to the finals as a soloist on Germany's Star Search in May 2004 at the age of 12. He plays in a band called Kissin Dynamite.
Born in Chickasha Oklahoma, Chet Allen was, perhaps, best remembered as TV's first Amahl in Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951) (TV), He was a member of Columbus Boychoir (now the American Boychoir) during this period. Chet reprised his role in theatre in April 1952 with the New York City Opera, conducted by Thomas Schippers. He made other appearances over the years, most notably in the film "Meet Me at the Fair" (1953) and as one of Ezio Pinza's sons on his TV series, "Bonino" (1953).
When his voice changed, so did his life, for the worse. Like many other former child stars, he drifted from job to job and, in his case, in and out of psychiatric hospitals. When Menotti himself visited him in Columbus, about a year before his death, he found a bitterly unhappy young man for whom life had been a series of disappointments. "No one could have helped him enough," Menotti would later say. In 1984, at the age of 44, Chet Allen killed himself by taking five times the fatal dosage of the prescription anti-depressant he'd been taking.
Born in Chillicothe, Ohio
Russian boy singer
Vitaly Nikolaev was a soloist of Big Children's Choir in 1970s.
YOUNG GUITARIST OF THE YEAR WINNER
Taken from Youtube page : " James Bell is a young guitarist and singer from Staffordshire, UK. His favorite guitar is the vintage VS6 SG. James likes to busk whenever he can to buy equipment to make his music better for anyone that likes to listen! Originally starting on the drums he was inspired to play the guitar when he heard his Dad playing smoke on the water and thought it sounded great.
Some of James' proudest achievements are:
Winning YOUNG GUITARIST OF THE YEAR
Winning "Bright Young Thing" award
Becoming a Vintage Guitars Endorsee
James is also very happy to have met Slash and to have performed with/ alongside/ infront of proffessional musicians such Brian Mcgee ( "Simple Minds" original drummer ) , Jamie Humphries ( licklibrary ) and Gywn Ashton
Actor/singer Taylor Abrahamse started out as a model in commercials and eveolved towards acting. At nine he played the role of the younger Jimmy Osmond in the TV movie "Inside the Osmonds".
Machi Di Di
American born (Newport Beach, CA) Andrew Chou is the youngest member of the Taiwanese hip-hop group Machi. He graduated at 17 from high school in California in 2007. While Andrew does not predominantly read or speak Chinese, his efforts have endeared him to the hearts of teen girls in Asia, and since his debut in the hip-hop group "Machi," he has been one of its most popular members. He released a solo album entitled "Oh My!!!" in 2003. Andrew has recently (2007) turned towards rock music. His latest solo endeavour, My Valentine, has reached the top 10 of Soundclick's Punk Rock charts. He lives both in California and Taiwan and plans to release his album later this year.
Chanteur de musique rock et de country music. Né Eric Hilliard Nelson, il a commencé à se produire sur scène au sein d'une famille de musiciens et de chanteurs. Il vole de ses propres ailes dès 1957. Le 31 décembre 1985, il est victime d'un accident d'avion au Texas.
Jonathan was a chorister at Worcester Cathedral.
Grant Austin Taylor
Grant Austin Taylor is a talented young guitarist and song writer from Norfolk, Virginia. He began at age five playing guitar by ear and has been wowing audiances in the Hampton Roads area with his performances for the last two years. His performing debut was at Town Point Park opening for the popular alternative rock band Better Than Ezra. Since then, he has continued to pursue his dream of performing by playing with many local bands and musicians. Grant's musical influences include The Who, Bob Dylan, and Better Than Ezra. He is currently working on writing songs for his first CD.
The Westminster Abbey Choir
The singing of Services has been at the centre of the life of Westminster Abbey throughout its history and this is now maintained by a highly trained choir of mens and boys voices.
Born May 10, 1997 - oldest member of Brothers Dubé – started playing guitar at 10 – played AAA competitive hockey – listens to classic/alternative/prog rock (RUSH, Big Wreck, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Phish) – loves italian and lebanese food – likes road hockey – favorite movies are Four Lions Kung Pow Spinal Tap and Bruno – favorite guitarist is Trey Anastasio
Soloist with der Tölzer Knabenchor.
Jeremy Yong is a young (8 years of age), energetic, and highly expressive rock musician based in Sydney, Australia.
At 7 years of age, Jeremy was the youngest semi-finalist of Australia's Got Talent (AGT) 2012.
Born in Sydney, Australia in 2004, this diminutive powerhouse has, in a short time, developed into an artist who has attracted enormous attention worldwide, and the praise and recognition of music industry luminaries. His prodigious musical talent and expressive stage presence has captured the imagination of audiences and viewers around the globe.
Jeremy commenced vocal training in late 2010 at the David Jaanz School of Singing ("Jaanz"), Australia's premier singing school, which has produced international superstars such as Delta Goodrem, Gabriella Cilmi, Matt Corby, and Daniel Merriweather. Within a few months of joining Jaanz, Jeremy earned a "Star Potential" Award, an accolade presented to promising young students with the requisite qualities to mature into successful artists.
Jeremy's interest and passion for rock music was the catalyst for commencing guitar tuition at the McDonald College of Performing Arts in early-mid 2011. It was clear from the time that Jeremy first touched a guitar, that he was destined to become a brilliant guitarist. Within weeks, Jeremy comfortably fused his vocal skills with his prodigious talent as a guitarist.
In September 2011, Jeremy was selected by the McDonald College of Performing Arts to perform as a soloist in their Starburst Concert, at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Jeremy, clearly the youngest solo performer at Starburst, left the audience spellbound and grasping for superlatives, in his debut performance as a guitarist and vocalist.
In December 2011, Jeremy was invited to perform as a soloist at the Jaanz End of Year Showcase with a number of accomplished artists. Again, Jeremy was clearly the youngest solo performer, and again he left the seasoned audience mesmerised, earning special praise and recognition from music industry luminary, Michael Parisi (former President A&R of Warner Music Australia, and Managing Director of Mushroom Records, and currently Managing Director of MPM Music Management). Jeremy was also presented with a coveted Jaanz "Rising Star" Award, an award reserved only for those students who have, at an early age, developed into exceptional performing artists.
Jeremy is a multi-talented performing artist. He has started songwriting, is a highly accomplished dancer (driven by his great admiration for the late Michael Jackson), plays the drums, piano/keyboard, and violin, and has experience in acting and modelling.
Tony Colombo, Antonino Colombo de son vrai nom (né à Palerme, en Sicile) est un chanteur de musique napolitaine. En 1994, sort son premier album "A Villegiante" à seulement 7 ans...
Johannesburg Jeppe Boys' Choir
[robert mark pringle]
Matt Savage is an incredible young jazz pianist who's been playing since he was 6 years old. He has made appearances on NBC's Today Show, ABC's 20/20 and The View. Matt and his trio have also performed at many venues including the Blue Note in New York City and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Is he a singer?
[Maximilian Josef Zöchbauer]
Vienna born Maximilian Zöchbauer was a chorister with the Wiener Sängerknaben.
Besides university he also studies church music at the Diözesankonservatorium Wien.
[Luke Aaron Benward]
Luke Benward is an American actor and singer. He is best known for his starring role as Billy in How to Eat Fried Worms and as Charlie Tuttle in the 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie, Minutemen. At the age 7, he appeared in Martina McBride's music video Concrete Angel. Luke Benward was born to Aaron Benward and Kenda Benward in Franklin, Tennessee. His father is in the country duo Blue County, his mother is a part-time actress, model, and acting coach, and his grandfather is Contemporary Christian artist Jeoffrey Benward. He has two younger sisters as well, Gracie and Ella. He is a fourth generation singer. He sings, his dad sings, his grandpa sings and his great-grandpa used to sing. He is a fan of Paramore, Chris Brown, The Beatles, and Switchfoot. Also, he is a fan of football. He spends his free time playing football, video games, break dancing and practicing on his electric guitar. Benward currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Here are three songs posted on his official website. "Get Up" "Let Your Love Out" "Everyday Hero"
Little Stevie Wonder
My name is Liam Mower and I'm 12 years old. I live in Hull with my mum and dad, and brothers Luke, Lewis and Leighton. My hobbies are dancing, acting, singing and gymnastics. My love for music started when I was a baby. Listening to music always made me want to dance.
When I was 8 years old I started my first dance school doing disco, rock and roll and also ballroom and latin. There I became a champion at disco and rock and roll.
Two years later at the age of 10, I felt something was missing, I wanted more so I joined gymnastics but 3 months later I left wanting to dance. I was encouraged by my mum's friend to join the Northern Theatre Company where my interests grew for modern and tap, which I loved. A year later my dance teacher Julie, after much persuasion, introduced me to ballet, that's when everything changed.
I then successfully auditioned at the Urdang Academy, and later gained a place at the Royal Ballet mid Associates. While dancing at the Northern Theatre Co and the Royal Ballet Associates, ballet became my favourite. Yet again I was encouraged by Julie to audition for Billy Elliot which has opened new doors in acting and singing, there I found inspiration and excitement within training. Whilst auditioning for Billy Elliot I gained a full time place at the Royal Ballet School "White Lodge", where I am at the present moment. My ambition in life I feel has started to get the part of Billy and the chance to perform in the west end is as if all my dreams are coming true.
30th September 2006 was Liam Mower's last performance in Billy Elliot the Musical.
[Nicolo Urbinati Munarriz]
Nacido en Madrid - España
A Nico le gusta cantar, bailar y todo lo que tenga que ver con utilizar un micrófono. Sus asignaturas favoritas son las matemáticas, la música y la ciencia. Está aprendiendo a tocar la guitarra.
Nicolo se llama así gracias al escritor italiano Nicolo Maquiavelo aunque el chico afirma que no le gusta que le llamen así. Su padre es italiano y por eso Nico va a una escuela bilingüe donde está aprendiendo a hablar la lengua de su padre.
Su plato favorito es la pizza. Su animal favorito es el oso panda y tiene una mascota, Snoopy, su perro.
A Nico su pasión por la música y por la ciencia le llevan a querer combinar dos profesiones, la de cantante y la de astronauta, siempre que existan los marcianos (cómo él se encarga de matizar). Su sueño sería cantar en el estadio más grande del mundo en Canadá.
Su singuel en solitarío, " Yo soy así " es un CD con mucha marcha, aunque toca todos los estilos musicales. La música es buena, las letras preciosas y la interpretación del pícolo bambino, es "extraordinaria".
Para que nadie pueda olvidarse de nuestro NICO BAMBINO, ahi queda el recuerdo de todo cuanto lleva realizando hasta el momento. En EMule. Todo sobre NICO BAMBINO 2003-2006. Si continua su ruta artística no se olviden de apoyarle asistiendo a sus conciertos, comprando sus discos, espresándoles vuestro cariño. Pero, si no continua, esto será un recuerdo que perpetuirá todo su arte, su dedicación, enorme amor hacia la música.
Teilnehmer am "Kiddy Contest 2009" und Songwriter.
Liam was born in London in May 1984 and began singing with the St. Philip's Boys' Choir (also known as Angel Voices and Libera) in Norbury, South London when he was 8.
Liam has appeared on several television programs from 1993 to 2001, including Thora on the Straight and Narrow, Blue Peter, Songs of Praise, and GMTV.
At the moment, he plays in the band called Jimmy the Squirrel, which continues to have gigs over England.
Robert Duncan Peel
Robert Duncan Peel and John Bonner were the first of four Manchester boy sopranos to make records. Peel's record is one of the earliest to be featured in the series. Duncan Peel was born on May 14th 1914 and educated at Manchester Cathedral School. He entered the choir in 1921 aged seven-and-a-half. Duncan's record Angels ever bright & fair was recorded in the Cathedral with Mr. Wilson at the organ at the same session as John Bonner's first record With verdure clad on 21st September 1927, a few months after Ernest Lough's famous recording of Hear my prayer, made in the Temple Church, London. Columbia was not entirely satisfied with the quality of Peel's record and claimed the wax had not set correctly; it was, therefore, hoped to re-record it six months later. Unfortunately, Duncan's voice broke soon after so it was decided to issue the record as it stood, with an organ solo on the reverse. This was issued in 1928 some months after Bonner's first disc.
-- bio and pic from Betterland.boychoirs.org
Keram made his acting debut at age seven after landing the lead role in "Oliver!" Entered a private Choir School in Toronto, Canada, at age 11 to study ecclesiastical and classical choral music and graduated in 1993.
David started singing at the young age of 4 years old. He is a member of The Bahamas National Children's Choir and The Boy's Choir of the Bahamas. David also plays the piano. David loves music and can sing any song. David has many coaches including: Edward Cox, Sharon Gardener-Taylor and Akia Knowles. David is a very smart boy that has traveled many places with The Bahamas National Children's Choir and The Boy's Choir of The Bahamas. He lives in Nassau,Bahamas and goes to Queen's College.
Lars sang with Solvguttene.
Damiano is classically trained.He sings Opera in a multitude of languages including but not limited to Italian, German and Spanish. He also enjoys singing broadway tunes and classic rock songs. At 10 He is an accomplished pianist as well and reads music fluently.Damiano currently studies voice under the direction of Chai Lun and performs frequently throughout the season.
Leonhard was a soloist with Thomanerchor Leipzig.
Hungarian/Welsh Boy Soprano Sings regularly with the Hungarian National opera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEB_Hz2if4k http://whttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v= www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLLv7cWHAAs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6vxMte9zH8
Pavel Hornak was a very popular Czech boy singer in the 1980s. Later he became a lawyer and now is judge in Prague.
Matthias Ritter was a member of the Tölzer Knabenchor in the years 1994-1996.
Rhys was Head Chorister of St George's Chapel, Windsor. He is now at Lancing College holding a major music scholarship.
Visit his site, and download some music, he is also raising money for charity through it, so any donations made to him, a percentage will go to charity.
From Rhys: For all you who are interested in treble voices, and especially the changing voice, the recordings on the site, range from when I was 11 to 14, soon I will be updating to my new changed voice. All donations will be very much appreciated, and will go towards my musical development.
Oh, and don't be put off by the membership, there isn't any cost in it, it's just to monitor the site as it develops.
Duncan Sweeney was a chorister at Winchester Cathedral Choir from 1974 to 1976.
Pieter is now a professional Bass-Baritone. Hij werd geboren in 1949 te Rotterdam, trad op als een der bekende Suggest a better translation Concertzanger Dr. Pieter Vis, bas-bariton, musicoloog, muziekpublicist, producer en dirigent. Hij werd geboren in 1949 te Rotterdam, trad op als een der bekende jongenssopranen in de jaren zestig. Zo zong hij als solist bij het Rotterdams Jongenskoor van Freek Velders en bij het Wiener Sängerknabenchor o.l.v. prof. Hans Gillesberger. Zijn klassieke zangopleiding kreeg hij van de sopraan Iza Valeton-Maas Geesteranus en de alt Annie Hermes. Hij ondernam liedinterpretatie en operacursussen o.m. bij de zangeres Marie-Cécile Moerdijk en de Duitse bariton Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Na het behalen van het staatsdiploma solozang (1977) won Pieter Vis diverse eerste prijzen op binnen- en buitenlandse concoursen. Ruim 500 kerkconcerten gaf de basbariton in de loop van 40 jaar o.m. met gerenommeerde organisten en pianisten zoals Flor Peeters, Piet van Egmond, Feike Asma, Simon C. Jansen en Stoffel van Viegen. Circa 25 lp's en 30 cd's verschenen van hem. In 1996 werd hem de gouden cd uitgereikt voor diens 100.000 verkochte cd's met volksliederen uit vele landen. Op het Festival Vlaanderen, Salzburg en de Berliner Festwochen trad hij als solist op. Een ereburgerschap van de stad Brugge (België) werd hem in 1980 verleend, dit voor zijn muzikale inzet en verzameling rond 4000 liederen van de priester-dichter Guido Gezelle. In 1982 ontving de Noord-Nederlander wederom deze eervolle onderscheiding maar nu van de stad Baden-Baden (voormalig West-Duitsland) en werd hij drager van de Deutsche Bundeskreuz voor de promoting van de Duits-Nederlandse Joodse componist Wilhelm Rettich. In 1987 mocht de zanger van de Universiteit van Missouri (USA) een eredoctoraat in ontvangst nemen voor plaatopnamen en scriptie van 'De Noodhoorn liederen' van zijn schoonvader, dr. René De Clercq (1877-1932).Dr. Pieter Vis ontving in 1990 de bronzen medaille voor 'Vrede en Cultuur' van het Albert Einstein Instituut (New York) 'vanwege zijn inzet voor en hulp aan de sociale minderheden in de Europese samenleving'. In 1995 en 2002 kende de toen 92-jarige Einzi Stolz (1908-2004) weduwe van de operette-componist Robert Stolz, hem de Ehrenurkunde toe van het 'Internationale Robert Stolz Gesellschaft Wien'. Als eregast trad hij al in februari 2003 op tijdens het jaarlijkse Wiener Ball (Huis ter Duin, Noordwijk) met leden van de Wiener Symphoniker. Ter gelegenheid van het 250ste geboortejaar van Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart zingt Pieter Vis met het Mozart Ensemble uit Wenen, de Oostenrijkse violist Hartmut Ometzbergen en Hans Veldhuizen aan het klavier diverse liederen en aria's van deze geniale componist. Zijn optreden valt onder auspiciën van de 'Österreichische Wirtschaft und Kultur' in Nederland. Van deze veelzijdige artiest verschijnt eind 2006 de eerste cd uit een serie van 3 gewijd aan 'Joodse Synagogale Gezangen, Volks- en Jiddische liederen. Elza-Vis de Clercq Stichting
Peter Michael was born in Sindelfingen and lives in Renningen, Germany. Very early his teachers noticed that he possessed a very clear and beautiful voice. From age 11, Peter Michael sang in the local boys choir and was discovered one year later by entertainer Tony Marshall when performing at the Cannstatter Volksfest in front of 6000 people.
On top of singing, Peter Michael takes piano lessons and he is a gifted painter. In his free time he devotes himself to his pigeons and is a member of the local fishing club.
Stanislav (Stas/Stasik) Mikhalevich
Stanislav (Stas) Mikhalevich was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 1995.
When he was seven years old, he began singing with the St. Petersburg Boys Choir under the direction of Wadim Ptscholkin, performing a musical repertoir of western European composers and Russian composers. He is laureate of international and municipal competitions.
In summer 2006 he took part in XVI festival Europa Cantat in Mainz, Germany.
As a young man, Stanislav is now a tenor in the choir.
[Denis H. A. Barthel]
Denis became a pupil at Burdett Coates' school, and commenced his career as a chorister at St. Stephen's Church, Westminster, under its organist and choirmaster Dr. William Bunney.
When Denis was eleven, he was taken by Dr. Bunney to the Temple Church, Fleet Street for an audition by Dr. George Thalben-Ball. 'The Doctor' was quick to act on Bunney's introduction and Denis became probationer chorister at Temple in November 1927, the same year in which Ernest Lough made his famous recording of O for the Wings of a Dove.
Denis became principal soloist and Head Boy in 1932, and recorded some of the most remarkable records ever to come out of Temple. He left the choir in July 1933.
Major Denis Barthel M.B.E. died in Vancouver B.C. on 13th September 2008, aged 92. He was the last surviving member of the Temple Church Choir which, with Ernest Lough as soloist, recorded the world-famous "Hear my Prayer" by Mendelssohn.
Christopher Duffley is a 11 year old Blind and Autistic Musician. He loves to praise the Lord in music and sing the Star Spangled Banner among other classic songs. Christopher first NH public singing was in 2009 during a Memorial Day assembly at Northwest Elementary (thanks Mrs. Park!!). Since then he has sung the national anthem at so many places now, it's hard to keep track. Hockey, Football, Baseball, Gala's, Las Vegas, Boston and most notably, the Boston Red Sox on July 7, 2011 and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September of 2011. Christopher looks forward to singing with his friends from around the US at Eight Days of Hope (a disaster relief organization in the US). He especially loves to sing with Mr. Terry Pickens. Christopher has sang publicly at Soulfest (2010) http://www.youtube.com/user/ChristopherDuffley#p/u/0/MJkKc-m9Qk4 with christian music artists Paul Colman and Matt Maher (to whom we are forever grateful). http://www.youtube.com/user/ChristopherDuffley#p/u/1/JqwSDy1jgTE Paul Colman invited Christopher to sing at both his recent concerts in 2010. http://www.youtube.com/user/ChristopherDuffley#p/u/7/Hy4bE8GSmZM He has also sung with Brian Waldron and his band Glenridge on several occassions. (Thanks Brian!!) To see videos check out his Youtube page. Christopher is a student at Northwest Elementary School, member of Ste. Marie Church and active in Eight Days of Hope. The development of his musical talents has come from many Christian artists, family influences, Mrs. Park at Northwest Elementary, Ms. Shannon Laine of the Manchester Community Music School and his piano teacher, Mrs. Lawrence. To learn more about young Christopher visit his Website and like him on Facebook.
John Frost is of Welsh & Hungarian dual nationality and is resident in Budapest Hungary. He sings professionally with the Hungarian National Opera and has also sang with the Budapest Festival orchestra and the Budapest Film Orchestra.
-2009/2010 Mozart Magic Flute three boys
2010 Puccini Tosca Shepard boy
-2009 Kraszer Brundibar "Pepicsek" (lead role)
-2010 Bizet Carmen
-2010 Boito Mefistofele
-2010 R.Straus Rosenkavalier
-2010 Mirage3d "natural selection"
Jamie was a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, London in the early 1990s.
Michael Magers is a young singer from Southern California. His father died when he was just three and Michael's mother was worried about how he would take it, as he was very close to his father. Like every mother, she worried if her son would be okay. She got him involved in numerous sports and activities at an early age but nothing seems to really click with him. Then one day she heard Michael singing the Bruno Mars song, Grenade in front of the computer and he was having a blast and easily learned the lyrics. She encouraged him to audition his school's talent show (the same day, since it was the final deadline) and he was invited to perform. Michael got up on stage in front of several hundred people a week later (for the first time) and left the audience buzzing and wanting to hear more.
Two months later, Michael was asked to sing the Bruno Mars song, "Talking To The Moon," in front of 3,500 people on an Alaskan Cruise. His heartfelt rendition of the song was inspired by feeling a reconnection to his dad whom he had lost. The song was recorded and entered into a music video contest at Teenage-Rockstar.net. The music video ended up getting over 2.4 million votes in 102 days, and Michael was named Teenage-Rockstar.net Season 3 – Artist of the Year!
Michael has posted over 20 videos on YouTube since, February 2011. He currently has over 36,000 subscribers, 150,000 friends/contacts and over 430,000 channel views.
Michael is well traveled having been to 21 countries and recently toured the UK with the People to People Student Ambassador program. He is a strong believer in making the world a better place to live and making friends worldwide.
He currently is entered in the Rio +20 Global Youth Music Video competition featuring original music by young singers worldwide. Michael entered two music videos for the contest including a solo entitled, "Everybody Listening" and a duet with German singer Carlotta Truman called, "Put Up a Good Fight." Michael's solo was recently chosen to be included in this year's Rio +20 CD Compilation.
Michael also just recorded a new original track called, "One Day" and performed it live at two venues on Earth Day weekend.
To learn more about Michael visit his website.
Louis-Alexander Désiré started singing when he was seven and began to study classical dance at the age of eight. He joined Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Louis in Paris in 2003 and became a soloist in the choir the following year. Then he was soloist with La Maîtrise de l'Opéra National de Paris and the English Cathedral Choir of Paris under Christopher Wells (formerly of Salisbury Cathedral).
In August 2005 he gave a recital in Bury St. Edmunds in memory of the victims of the London bombings. In March 2006 he sang the role of Yniold in Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande with the Opéra de Rouen and was described by critics as "the best actor in the cast" for his "astonishing stage confidence" and the 'best child Yniold ... ever heard'. In April 2006 he performed as one of three boy soloists in Henri Dutilleux's moving symphonic opera "The Shadows of Time" at Opera Bastille under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and in the presence of the famous 90 year old composer.
Louis-Alexander is fluently bilingual: his mother is English and his father French. He is also an accomplished classical dancer and played the title rôle in Joseph Russillo's Le Passeur especially choreographed for him at the Théatre de la Ville in Paris in May 2005. In early 2006 he danced the forest bird in Robert Wilson's impressive Ring Cycle at the Châtelet in Paris.
In summer 2006 he sang first boy in Mozart's Magic Flute in Paris and gave a recital of mainly French art songs for the fringe of the Three Choirs Festival in England.
He played Jimmy the Little boy in the version concert of the opera the Elephant Man of Gerald Petitgirard in Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 19, 2008. He is also part of the six-member group Vox Angeli which released its first CD in February 2008.
Fr : Louis-Alexander Désiré a commencé à chanter lorsqu'il avait sept ans et a commencé à étudier la danse classique dès l'âge de huit ans. Il a rejoint Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Louis à Paris en 2003, il est devenu un des soliste de la chorale l'année suivante. Puis il a été soliste avec La Maîtrise de l'Opéra National de Paris et avec la Chorale des Anglais de la Cathédrale de Paris sous Christopher Wells (anciennement de la cathédrale de Salisbury).
En Mai 2005 Louis-Alexandre en qualité de danseur classique accomplis joue le rôle-titre dans Le Passeur de Joseph Russillo particulièrement chorégraphié pour lui au Théâtre de la Ville à Paris.
En Mars 2006, il a chanté le rôle d'Yniold dans Pelléas et Mélisande de Debussy avec l'Opéra de Rouen
En avril 2006, il joue un des trois solistes de l'opéra symphonique Henri Dutilleux The Shadows of Time à l'Opéra Bastille.
Au début de 2006, il danse l'oiseau des forêts dans la Tétralogie impressionnante de Robert Wilson au Châtelet à Paris.
En été 2006 il a chanté premier dans la Flûte enchantée de Mozart à Paris et a donné un récital de mélodies françaises principalement pour la frange de la Three Choirs Festival en Angleterre.
Il a joué Jimmy le petit garçon dans la version concert de l'opéra Elephant Man de Gerald Petitgirard à la Salle Pleyel à Paris le 19 Février, 2008.
Il fait également partie du groupe de six membres Vox Angeli qui a publié son premier CD en Février 2008.
En 2008 il interprète Miles dans le tour d'écrou (The turn of the scree) à l'opéra de Bordeaux
C.M. Crabtree in "The Gramophone" says of DB5469 that Schofield is not at his best; of his singing on DB5258 he commented "this is the first boy who has shown us the real top notes in which boys revel; also natural ability", but of DB5528 he writes that it is "like a bad dream. This boy sings like a soubrette . . we have reached rock bottom." (Issues of Dec., Feb. & Oct. 1929 respectively.) For contrasting views see other reviews quoted below.
Ryan Nelson-Flack, Boy Soprano
Twelve-year-old boy soprano Ryan Nelson-Flack has appeared in solo recitals, in opera productions in principal roles and chorus, and in concert with full orchestra and choir.
He has performed the role of Amahl in Amahl and the Night Visitors in five productions that included Mission City Opera in San Jose, Davis Opera, and the Vocal and Instrumental Training Artists Academy of Northern California.
Nelson-Flack is a member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus and a Preparatory Scholar at the V.I.T.A. Academy Northern California. With San Francisco Opera he performed the role of Cyril Rescorla in Heart of the Soldier in workshop and sang in their production of Werther. In May 2011, he was featured soloist in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with a 100-person chancel choir and orchestra at Los Altos United Methodist Church.
Solo recitals and appearances include free concerts with Bread and Roses (providing quality live performances for people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society), and at West Coast Opera Night at Servino's in Tiburon (evenings of operatic and classical oratorio presented by West Coast Opera with Maestro Robert Ashens as pianist and narrator).
Nelson-Flack was featured artist for a year for Golden Gate Opera and performed regularly at community opera nights, usually singing 3-4 arias to promote the Opera's upcoming productions. Among these were appearances at Arias in the Park, Caledonia Street Fair and Sausalito Art and Wine Festival. He also presented a solo stage concert with concert pianist at Kidzstock with Joan Baez and will be heard singing opera in the 2011 family feature film Doggie Boogie.
In addition to singing and acting, Ryan Nelson-Flack plays the cello in orchestra, and enjoys sailing, dancing, playing basketball and mountain biking.
Ryan Nelson-Flack, Boy Soprano
[Knabenchor am Dom zu Münster]
The Capella Ludgeriana was founded by means of a fusion of the Knabenkantorei am Dom and the Schola Ludgeriana on Ascension Day 2009.
Founder and director of the choir was Domkapellmeister Andreas Bollendorf, who has been chosen to be the successor of Klaus Knubben at Limburg Cathedral in August 2015. Alexander Lauer, the new Domkapellmeister (director of music) at Münster Cathedral is to continue the work with the Capella Ludgeriana from August 2015 on.
After about one year in the preparatory choir and voice training, the boys enter the Capella. Boys meet for rehearsals two to three times a week.
Their repertoire includes masses, motets and chants of all periods. Usually the Capella sings once per month in the Cathedral. The Capella Ludgeriana takes also part in concerts and events on special occasions.
The choir is part of the Domsingschule Münster, a traditional choir school with multiple choral groups, who contribute to the musical life at the cathedral.
Master James Phelan
Referred to as both "Jimmy" and "James" in the record company catalogues of the time.
He was James Percival Phelan, born at 103 Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, on 21 May 1920, who died at Wandsworth (south London) on 15 May 1997.
[Georg Tintner, CM]
Internationally known composer and conductor, Georg Tintner was formally admitted into the Wiener Sängerknaben at the age of ten years on September 15, 1927.
Tintner began studying piano at the age of six and started composing shortly after. He was a member of the WSK until the age of 13. His 'file card' at the time stated, "Average voice, musically exceptionally talented, absolute pitch."
Tintner conducted the choir in the performance of some of his youthful compositions. The choir also sang Anton Bruckner's great masses, and it was then that Tintner fell in love with the composer's music.
It is unfortunate that Tintner himself has stated that his four years with the choir, though "musically extremely important" and "formative" were "traumatic in the extreme" due to the anti-Semitic abuse he suffered from both its leader, Rector Schnitt and other choirboys, of being the only Jew in the choir's membership. "I have forgotten all of it except the music."
As a teenager, Tintner took conducting classes with Felix Weingartner of the Vienna Philharmonic. At 16 he worked with Bruno Walter, training the children's chorus for Mahler's Eighth Symphony. The Vienna Volksoper made him assistant conductor when he was 19, but the Nazi takeover in 1938 resulted in his being fired because of his Jewish ancestry. He then moved to Auckland, New Zealand where he conducted a church choir, eventually taking over the Auckland Choral Society in 1947 and Auckland String Players in 1948. As a conductor, he would eventually work with such groups as the National Opera of Australia, the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Opera [Australian Opera], Cape Town Municipal Orchestra, Sadler's Wells Opera and West Australian Opera.
In 1987, Tintner moved to Canada where he became director of Symphony Nova Scotia. A year later he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He died on October 2, 1999 in Halifax. [D. Miller]
The German bass-baritone, Panajotis N. (Panito) Iconomou, was born in Germany by Greek parents. He became a member of the Tölzer Boy's Choir in 1980. His first solo was in 1982 in Cologne in Britten's Ceremony of Carols. He toured with the choir in Germany, Italy, France, Israel, Poland and Austria until his voice broke in 1986.
Panito Iconomou took part in broadcasts with Hermann Prey, Rudolf Schock and Siegfried Jerusalem. Solo engagements include Stravinsky Mass at the Salzburger Festspiele with Hans Graf, Bach St. John (BWV 245) and St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus Wien at the 1985 Styriarte Graz Bach Festival, also for Austrian television ORF 1. He performed the same program with Peter Schreier and Kurt Moll at the 1985 Stuttgarter Bach Festival, and Schütz' Exequien with Sergiu Celibidache at the inauguration of the Munich Philharmony at the Gasteig 1985.
Operatic roles include R. Strauss Feuersnot with Bernd Weikl and Julia Varady in Munich 1982; 3rd Boy Magic Flute at opera houses in Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Stuttgart; Shepherd Tosca in Frankfurt; Zephyrus, Apollo Apollo et Hyacinthus in Germany, Italy and France with Helmut Müller-Brühl and Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden – also broadcast on German television ZDF; 4th Boy Herold Lohengrin at the Salzburger Festspiele 1984 with Peter Hoffmann and Herbert von Karajan; Carmen at the Salzburger Festspiele 1985 and 2nd Apparition Macbeth with Nicolai Ghiaurov and Piero Cappuccilli at Bavarian State Opera, Munich in 1985.
Panajotis rejoined the choir as a bass in 1988 and later joined the National Opera Studio, London in September 1997.
Sebastian Forbes recorded with Andrew Ryan as trebles (1954, Parlophone)
The Austrian tenor (and former boy soprano), Peter Jelosits, was a member of Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys’ Choir), and in the years 1969-1975 their soprano soloist. At this time he already made his first recordings (Bach Cantatas under Nikolaus Harnoncourt).
Peter Jelosits received violin and horn instruction, however since 1978 studied singing at the Vienna Music College with Alexander Kolo and with Hilde Rössl-Majdan. To the song and oratorio singing he was introduced by Erik Werba.
From 1983 to 1985 Peter Jelosits was member of the Opera Studio of the Vienna State Opera, and since 1985 he was their regular ensemble member. He sang there a set of tenor roles from the lyric as from the character repertoire, such as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, Balthasar Zorn in Meistersingern, Theophilus in Palestrina by H. Pfitzner and the Fool (Narren) in Wozzeck by A. Berg. He participated in international festival, including the Schubertiade in Hohenems, the Carinthi Summer, the Vienna Festival Weeks and the Salzburg Festival, in which he appeared in 1987-1988 in Moses und Aron by Schoenberg, in 1988 in a concertant performance of the opera Der Prozess by G. fon Einem, and in 1990 in a church concert.
Peter Jelosits had important success as a concert soloist, with appearances in radio and television broadcasts in Austria as on international level.
Recordings: Virgin (Wozzeck by A. Berg, also as video), Naxos (Zauberflöte), Philips, Decca (Lohengrin), DGG (Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro), Orfeo (Paride ed Elena by Gluck).
Fils de Franck Fernandel et petit-fils du célèbre Fernandel.
[Joselito Paulino Acuna]
Joey Acuna is from Walnut Creek, California.
Edward Phillips was a chorister with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. He was the treble soloist in Bernstein's Mass (1971) performed at the Barbican Hall, London, 5 June 2005.
He is now a music scholar at Eton College and is thriving.
Born William Wendell Gilman on May 24, 1988, in Westerly, R.I., he was raised outside Providence in the tree-lined neighborhoods of Hope Valley. And he grew up listening to pure country. "Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Eddy Arnold, all the classics," he says, alluding to the records his grandparents played. It was the emotional singing style of country's classic performers, he says, that hooked him.
Billy Gilman first earned a name for himself singing on the Asleep at the Wheel segment of the 2000 George Strait tour. But he burst onto the national music scene a few weeks later with his show-stopping performance at the 2000 Academy of Country Music Awards show, where he earned a standing ovation. "It was a life-altering experience," the then 11-year-old told music legend Dick Clark backstage.
When his debut single "One Voice" entered the Billboard chart, the tiny powerhouse edged out Brenda Lee to become the youngest person ever to have a song on the magazine's Country Singles Chart.
Casper Feddema was born in 1995 in a small village called "Ten Post" in The Netherlands. Surrounded by his musical family it was no wonder he very early started to discover his musical abilities. At age 5 he was already singing all the pop songs that were playing on the radio and he was doing performances at his school and around family parties. It was then his parents found out he was not only a talented singer but also a great dancer. So Casper started following dancing classes at school. After winning many local talent shows a classmate signed him up for the National TV Show "Popstars" where he graciously proceeded many rounds and got to the final 15 out of 11.000 contestants. The jury thought he was still too young to be a popstar and there was too much talent around, but Casper didn't get unnoticed because producer Big Dawg contacted him right after his first audition and invited him over to the studio right after Popstars let him go to record some demos. Even though Casper didn't have any studio experience at all he impressed Big Dawg so much that he wanted to sign him right away and help him develop to become a real "Popstar". A lot of major producers,managers and songwriters from the US were impressed with his skills and are helping out to finding him a worldwide deal. Meanwhile Casper is recording a lot of covers too for his youtube channel and he's learning to master his recording/production skills at his own little home studio growing gradually to be the next big thing.
Demis became very popular in the Netherlands in the nineties and made numerous TV appearances on Dutch TV. Demis borrowed (covered) the melody of "An Angel" by The Kelly Family for his song "Met Jou". The song "An Angel" was written by the Kelly Family and published in 1990. His singing carreer came to an end when his voice broke.
At present Demis lives in Tilburg (the Netherlands) and is a DJ and producer of dance music. All of his current records are entirely instrumental.
Conor joined the choir of St. Philip's early in 2005 and has already had the opportunity to shine as a treble soloist with Libera. He first appeared on television in March of that year to accompany Aled Jones on the Today with Des and Mel program in order to promote Aled's tour of the UK. In 2005 Conor was a member of both Libera tours to Asia and recorded the Visions album over the summer. Conor was credited for two solos on the album - Choir Director Robert Prizeman's own composition of "Ave Maria" and an imploring figure of height in the emotive "Recordare", where he teams with fellow Liberan Joe Sanders-Wilde. With a voice suitable for parts in the upper registers, Conor has already proved to be an asset to the ensemble.
Mehdi El Glaoui
Mehdi El Glaoui was the young actor who starred in the Belle et Sebastien TV series. He was also the son of Cécile Aubry, who wrote and directed the series.
Mehdi sang the theme song from the tv series Belle et Sebastien, L'Oiseau. The song was made famous when René Simard recorded it on his first album.
Leandro was born in Spain, but now lives in Germany with his family. Sadly, he seems to have slipped out of the music profession almost unnoticed.
At the age of 14 he recorded the video of his most well known track, 'Girl' in Cape Town, South Africa. This video was a great success and has been shown on many mainstream Television channels across the world. Leandro was also invited to do numerous Television interviews in many countries. He has also co-hosted many Television shows, and once worked with another Teen Artist, Jonas Schumann.
Leandro boasts about being able to speak 7 different languages fluently. He attributes this to having parents of different European Countries, as well as having lived in several other countries.
Adam Davis is a 14 year old Brighton busker who started singing in church and gospel choirs at the age of five. He did his first rock gig in September 2006 at The Joogleberry Playhouse in Brighton, pounding out the classic 'Handbags and Gladrags'. Somewhat poetically, his first full gig with the newly formed Adam Davis Band was at The Lastest Music Bar (formerly the Joogleberry) on March 29th of this year.
Adam lives in Hove; but his second homes are Brighton seafront and Churchill Square shopping centre, where he pitches up almost every Saturday with his piano, his mic and his PA system.
Adam goes to Blatchington Mill School. He blows alto sax and vocals for the Millstones Big Band; and is involved in just about everything musical that the school puts on.
To relax, he plays drums, LOUD!
He recently found something called a guitar lying around the front room at home and has started to make up stuff as he goes along.
Valentin started to sing when he was seven years old. The first song he learned alone was "Concerto Pour Une Voix" from Saint-Preux. He was quickly discovered by the press and started performing public concerts. The following year he was invited by movie producer Philippe Muyl to the casting for a musical film called "Magique." He took part in further castings and got a role in a short movie. In October 2007, he was featured in two television shows with a singer called Victoria from "The Roi Soleil" and another one in March 2008 in which he sang "Ave Maria" from Gounod. He was chosen for another primetime TV show too. He acted in a musical called "La place du village" and in 2009 a musical show for young singers with special songs and music written especially for him. Valentin loves opera and variety. Valentin practices with voice coach Carole Duvale once per week. He likes animals and his hobby is cycling. He plans to continue singing as a profession. He lives at the Chapelle-Launay (Loire-Atlantique).
Fr: Je m'appelle Valentin. J'ai commencé à chanter à l'âge de 7 ans. En juin 2005, j'ai interprété le "concerto pour une voix de Saint-Preux" sur scène et à partir de là, les choses sérieuses ont commencé. J'ai participé en tant qu'invité au concours régional de la chanson française à Touvois. L'année suivante j'ai été invité par le producteur Philippe Muyl pour le film musical "Magique" J'ai chanter devant Miss France 2006. J'ai également participé à des soirées humanitaires ou j'ai eu le plaisir de chanter différentes chansons (Avé Maria en Latin, Concerto de Saint-Preux, Le manège...). Je suis aussi fan de Christophe Maé. J'ai eu l'occasion d'être sélectionne pour l'émission IAPIAP sur Canal J ou j'ai terminé 2ème. A cette occasion, j'ai rencontré Victoria (du Roi Soleil) et j'ai même fait un petit duo improvisé avec elle sur le plateau. Je suis également passionné par le cinéma ce qui m'a permis au cours d'un casting de chanter un petit duo avec Cali. Finalement, je n'ai pas eu le rôle dans le film mais j'étais ravi de cette expérience. J'ai également jouer dans la comédie musicale "La place du village". Le 16 décembre 2008, j'ai remporté "l'école des stars" sur direct 8 en interprétant "le manège" de stanislas. C'était une expérience extraordinaire, j'ai rencontré des artistes et je me suis fait de nouveaux amis qui ont la même passion que moi : le chant. En Février 2009, j'ai représenté la France dans un festival européen pour enfant, j'ai interprété "Le France" ce qui m'a valu la 2ème place. J'ai découvert un pays merveilleux et j'ai été accueilli avec une très grande gentillesse par les habitants. J'en garde plein de bons souvenirs.
Bruce Lowden was a chorister at St. Simon's, Toronto, and has sung musical theatre and choral music all his life. Still (2006) singing in several church and community organizations in Victoria BC. Dr. Lowden is currently a cataract surgeon and a St Simon's, Toronto, old boy.
Tim Mead was a chorister and choral scholar in the choir of Chelmsford Cathedral before being awarded a choral scholarship to read Music at King's College, Cambridge where he studied with Charles Brett. He was the treble soloist in Chelmsford Cathedral Choir's recorded perfomance of Elgar's "Ave verum corpus". He then went on to win a number of scholarships to the Royal College of Music, London where he studied with Robin Blaze.
Recent opera performances include the title role in Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne Festival Opera conducted by Emmanuelle Haim, Ottone in L'incoronazione di Poppea for the Opéra de Lyon conducted by William Christie, the title role in Siroe for Oper der Zeit (c. Andreas Spering), Trasimede in Admeto for the Opernhaus Halle, David in Saul for Opera North, Orfeo for English National Opera and the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston, Ometh in Golem for Opéra de Rennes and the Angers-Nantes Opéra, the title role in Ezio and Melo in Sosarme for the London Handel Festival and Athamas in Semele for British Youth Opera.
Recent concert performances include Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under Marcus Creed in Hamburg, Idelberto in Lotario and Oronte in Riccardo Primo with the Kammerorchester Basel under Paul Goodwin, Solomon for the Göttingen Handel Festival (c. Nicholas McGegan) and for the Lufthansa Baroque Festival (c. Ivor Bolton), Farnace in Mitridate with the Classical Opera Company, Israel in Egypt for the Karlsruhe Handel Festival, Occasional Oratorio and Come ye sons of art with the King's Consort, Biber Missa Bruxellenis with the Academy of Ancient Music under Paul Goodwin at the BBC Proms, Messiah with the Manchester Camerata under Nicholas Kraemer and Bach St. Matthew Passion (Britten Sinfonia) and St. John Passion (Hanover Band).
Tim's recordings include the alto solos in Scarlatti choral works and Purcell Odes with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge under Stephen Cleobury (both for EMI), Oronte in Riccardo Primo (Sony BMG), Solomon (Carus) and a DVD of Trasimede in Admeto (Arthaus Musik).
He is also part of the new vocal ensemble The Prince Consort, with whom he has recently given recitals of works by Britten, Schubert and Schumann in the Purcell Room, London.
Current/future projects include Ottone in The Coronation of Poppea for English National Opera and the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston (c. Laurence Cummings), the world premiere of The Minotaur by Sir Harrison Birtwistle at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the title role in Orlando for Chicago Opera Theatre (c. Raymond Leppard), Ercole amante for De Nederlandse Opera, Georg Gebel's Johannes-Passion at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and a European tour of a programme of Bach and Handel with Emmanuelle Haim and le Concert d'Astrée. (Biography as of May 2007)
Worcester Cathedral Chorister appearing as a soloist on albums such as Noel, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis and Silencium. Currently Studying Music and Drama at 'The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School'
Samuel begin his career as a singer at 9 years old. After he won "AFI Junior" a Children Singing Contest produced by Indosiar. Until now he has released 2 solo albums. The first Album is "The Prayer" released on 2005 and the second album is "When You Believe" released on 2007.
[Stephen F. Temmer]
Member of the Wiener Sängerknaben in the 1930's, Stephen Temmer would escape Nazi persecution and flee with his family in 1939 to the US. He would later become founder and president of Gotham Recording and Gotham Audio. As a studio engineer for ABC in the late 1940's, he broadcasted the first taped radio programming from New York and taped stars such as Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby, Milton Berle and Jerry Lewis. He also made the first recordings of the Metropolitan Opera for broadcast. In his varied career, Mr. Temmer was a technical adviser to the Watergate prosecutors on the gap in the White House tapes and an acoustics consultant to Lincoln Center for the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall.
In 1987, he translated Franz Endler's book on the Wiener Sängerknaben, "Vienna Choir Boys" [Edition Wien, ISBN 3-85058-013-X].
Temmer died on October 8, 1992 at the age of 64. [D. Miller]
Jorddy is the younger brother of Imanol.
Neyzer naciÃ³ un 29 de Mayo de 1992 en la Cd de Puebla en MÃ©xico. Participo en el Reality Show de Televisa niÃ±os llamado Codigo Fama Terecera EdiciÃ³n, Mexico. LogrÃ³ obtener el segundo lugar. Desde pequeÃ±o le ha gustado la muscia, componer es su pasiÃ³n y actualmente participa en series de television del canal 11, del Ipn. www.plastilinito.co.nr By A.D.
Noa Johannesson from Jönköping, Sweden, is a multi talented youngster who sings yet as a treble at the age of 15 (2007) with beautiful rich tones indicative of a treble in his prime voice. Noa also plays drums and guitar (both Acoustic and Electric). He is extremely talented as well as personable and as such is destined to go a long way.
Ludwig Obst was born in Munich and was a member of the Tölzer Knabenchor from Sept 1998 through Jan 2004.
- Sang 'Miles' in Benjamin Britten's "The Turn Of The Screw" in the Komische Oper in Berlin
- Sang Bernstein's Chichester Psalms inn Frankfort, Mexico City, New York and Shanghai
- also sang Solo-Parts of Schütz, Bach (Motetts), Händel (Messias), Mozart (Zauberflöte, Missa in c, Krönungsmesse, Missa Solemnis,...), Wagner (Tannhäuser), Alexander Knaifel (Alice in Wonderland)...
- Concerts in Brussel, Gent, Antwerpen, Salamanca, Santander, Valencia, Rome, Paris, Edinburgh, Munich, Berlin, Leipzig, Amsterdam, Budapest, Boston....
Ludwig now is an adult singer and a composer. One of his first pieces was sung by the Tölzer Knabenchor in July 2007.
Andrew Ray, born in Southgate, north London, was the younger son of popular comedian Ted Ray (real name Charles Olden [1909-1977]). He unexpectedly sprang to fame in the title role of the Royal Command performance film The Mudlark (1950), in which the 10-year-old Cockney orphan Wheeler goes to Windsor Castle to see Queen Victoria. (The story was inspired by an actual incident in December 1838 when "Edward Cotton" [real name Edwin Jones] sneaked into Buckinham Palace for the same purpose.) Andrew's brother Robin was originally cast in the part but looked too old and although their father had brought Andrew along to the studio just for an outing after a bout of mumps, he was given a screen test and secured the part. Later that year he made a Christmas record with his father. Nothing in his later stage & screen career could quite match his early success. He died in London in August 2003. (BJP)
John Bonner was born in Manchester on May 31st 1912. His great-grandfather had been a bass at the cathedral and John became a chorister there at the age of ten. Even as a small boy at the Municipal school he possessed an outstanding voice and the teachers used to stand him on a chair and let him sing to the class.
As a result of Ernest Lough's success there was a search for good voices by the big gramophone companies, and Bonner was first recorded at the same session as the younger Robert Peel. It is likely that Bonner's recording was made before Peel's as it has an earlier matrix number. Bonner was fifteen and Peel thirteen. Bonner was encouraged at every stage by Norman Cocker, the Sub Organist, and by his mentor Dr. Hewlett Johnson, Dean of Manchester, to whom John remained devoted to the end of his life. The reviews of Bonner's first record were outstanding.
John Bonner did not record again until 1929, when he was nearly seventeen and recorded four more records (eight sides) for Columbia in London.
-- bio and pic from Betterland.boychoirs.org
"tone of remarkable depth and power . . .the boy is greatly gifted." (Herman Klein, "The Gramophone", January 1928)
"All the choir [of Manchester Cathedral] were good, but one boy, Bonner, was outstanding. When he rose to sing his solo in the Children's Service, the shuffling of hundreds of feet ceased, and in the dead silence Bonner sang. Just before his voice was breaking, we were approached by the B.B.C. and they came to hear him and said: 'That is the best treble voice in England.' They offered him £2,000 for the remainder of the time before his voice broke. His parents were working people, living in a small house in a back street, and could well have done with the money. They refused, feeling that £2,000 . . . would not compensate for the harm done by publicity and studio life. Several beautiful gramophone records were, however, made."
Dr Hewlett Johnson (1874-1966; Dean of Manchester 1924-31) in his autobiography Searching for Light (London, 1968, pp.68f.)
Around the time Bonner's records were made, the annual salary for a family doctor (GP) was about £750, council school teachers £350 & bank clerks £280.
In 1935 John was appointed bass lay vicar at Salisbury Cathedral and later moved to Lincoln Cathedral. He was Musical Director of the Sheffield Teachers' Operatic Society 1954-78 and, following his death in February 1979, the Society's Chairman Norman Coombs wrote in tribute to him: "Infectious exuberance, ebullience and enthusiasm were three of the outward facets of John's character. Beneath these facets and combined with them, lay a deep and wide understanding and practical appreciation of music and drama, which he applied to the furtherance of the Amateur Operatic and Dramatic world. His training as a boy and adult chorister in Manchester and Lincoln together with his wartime direction of an orchestra in India could well have fitted John for a successful [sc. professional] career but he concentrated on the 'Amateurs' of this world for whom he had the greatest devotion."
Tim was a chorister at St Peter's Church, St Albans
Harry is a 12 year old actor, model, singer, dancer, and gymnast from the UK. He has won several titles including Festival 4 stars, Melksham Pop Idol, the natural talent cup, maundy relief trophy, and Stars of the future. As a duet with his brother Max, they hold the title of Junior Talented Youngsters of the Year 2007. Harry holds the Festival 4 Stars title of solo singer 2007. As a duet, he also got down to the last 100 of Britain's Got Talent 2 years running. Harry also reached the last 50 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for Oliver. Harry has also played the lead role in Oliver twice for amateur dramatic companies.
He attends Philips High school.
Rico lives in Untergrombach, Germany and was only 14 when he became 'Sommerhit-König 2008' (Summer Hit King 2008) in the TV-show 'Immer Wieder Sonntags'.