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Only Boys Aloud

4 July 2017

Intensive training and high-profile performances for the Principality Only Boys Aloud Academi

32 members of Only Boys Aloud are set to begin an intensive week of music preparation, as part of the Principality Only Boys Aloud Academi, ahead of their July performances in Llangollen, Cardiff, Wiltshire and London.

The Academi is an intensive, week-long residential for OBA members aged 16 and over who show both musical and performance potential. This year’s residential will take place from the 1st - 9th of July at Atlantic College, St Donats. Principality Building Society has sponsored the Only Boys Aloud (OBA) programme and the Principality Only Boys Aloud Academi since 2010.

The boys will be preparing music under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Rhys-Evans, with support from other music professionals who lead the choirs throughout the year. The direction of the performances will be led by London-based stage director and choreographer, Jonathan Butterell.

Coordinated by The Aloud Charity, the Only Boys Aloud programme uses singing to engage with teenage boys in a way that develops new skills as well as promoting self-belief and aspiration. The choirs are delivered free of charge in some of the most deprived communities in Wales and there are currently around 180 members.

Speaking about his experience at last year’s Academi, OBA member Jacob said: “I feel privileged to have been accepted into the Academi for another year. I have already learnt so much about musical theory, as well as how to sing at my best ability. The Academi has made me take a step back and really consider following music as a career and has taught me all the rewarding attributes of acting and singing.”

Tim Rhys Evans said: “The Academi has grown in strength and ambition over the last seven years and has delivered some truly fantastic results. We could not be more grateful to Principality Building Society for supporting this intensive week of training and talent development. We’re so pleased to be making our debut performance in London at the Wigmore Hall on 19th July with a newly commissioned piece of music by British Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.”

James Harper, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Principality Building Society said: “We are thrilled to be able to continue to support the Principality Only Boys Aloud Academi. It is a fantastic opportunity for these boys to expand their musical knowledge and get in more performance experience to hopefully lead them on to a career in the music industry. We can’t wait to see how the boys get on.”

Published: 04/07/2017