Boys’ choirs ‘should admit girl singers’
CHANGE to all-boys choirs is “long overdue”, singer Lesley Garrett has said, calling them a “throwback to a bygone age”.
The choirs see the higher lines sung by boys, known as trebles and altos.
Garrett said it was “nonsense”, put forward by “backward-looking traditionalists”, to argue that “there’s an exclusive purity in the boy’s voice”.
She singled out King’s College Choir, Cambridge, one of the most famous English choirs, for criticism for not introducing change.
The choir, founded in the 15th century, is famous for appearing in A Festival Of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service the BBC has broadcast since 1928.
It is “one of a ... number of ecclesiastic choirs in the UK ... that don’t have girls singing,” Garrett said.
“When you’re being showcased around the world ... I think the time is overdue for the choir to admit girls.” The soprano cited research which found that the “quality of prepubescent boys’ and girls’ voices is virtually indistinguishable”.