Blackburn choir boys to take part in concert to mark war centenary

All together now... pitching up for a concert in London are Ben Fourie

All together now... pitching up for a concert in London are Ben Fourie

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A BOYS’ choir will perform at a Proms concert in the Royal Albert Hall to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Cambiata Choir, which caters for the changing voices of teenage boys, practises at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, in Blackburn.

The boys will perform in the War Horse Prom, which also features the cast and horse puppets from the National Theatre’s play, and Gareth Malone's Military Wives.

The choir, named after the Latin word for change, has more than 90 members from across the north west and Northern Ireland.

Each member of the choir has his own part so they don’t strain their vocal cords.

One of the trip’s organisers, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School student Ben Fourie, 16, is thrilled to be taking part.

He said: “It’s very hard to have a lads’ choir full of teenagers whose voices are changing.

“However we do it, and most importantly we will be remembering boys just like us who went off to war, and didn’t come back. It wouldn’t have quite the same effect if it was an adults’ choir.

“It will be amazing for us to take part. Each year we have an annual concert but this is definitely the biggest thing we have ever done.

“The performance is one of the most famous Proms, working with the National Theatre and a lot of big names.”

Ben and friends associated with the choir – Nic Walker, Thomas Gray, Matthew Thomas and Christian and George Powlesland and Matthew Thomas – are playing various instruments in a fundraising concert at the United Reformed Church in Clitheroe, on Sunday from 7pm to help with their trip expenses. Admission is £4 including refreshments.

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