Boys’ choirs ‘should ad­mit girl singers’

Western Daily Press - - Uk & World News -

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”.

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