The Aloud Charity encourages young people to find their own way and to make their own mark, using choral singing as a catalyst to inspire positive change in their lives.
“Aloud have been humbled by the immensely generous support given by the Petersons over the past few years. We could not wish for more enthusiastic and kind-hearted supporters and we’d like to say a sincere thank you for helping us to increase the impact of Only Boys Aloud across Wales.”
It is with great excitement that, thanks to the kind and generous support of Maggie and Alan, Aloud have been able to commission some very special new music by a world renowned composer to help us in our commemorations of World War One.
The pieces will be premiered at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Monday 10th July during the OBA Academi end of course performance, and will also be performed the following week at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London.
The Only Boys Aloud membership as a whole will benefit from the new repertoire when we take the boys on their first ever European tour to Ypres in Belgium in November. As part of the trip, the boys will have a number of performance opportunities which include performing at the grave of Welsh poet Hedd Wyn who was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. The performances will explore the themes of remembrance, peace and reconciliation.
Aloud’s Artistic Director, Tim Rhys-Evans, has said the following: “The Aloud Charity are tremendously grateful to the Petersons for their contribution towards our organsation's commemorations of World War One. It was in a rehearsal with Only Boys Aloud one day that I got thinking about the current centenary commemorations of WWI and I realised that the boys in front of me, lads in their mid-teens, were exactly the type of boys who’d been slaughtered in the name of war all those years ago; had they lived 100 years ago, any one of our lovely boys in OBA could have gone through that hell and, in all likelihood, never come home. I’m sure the thousands of Welsh boys who gave their lives in WWI could never have imagined that, a century later, hundreds of fresh-faced teenagers from Wales would travel to where they were killed in order to mourn them in song. I hope that this next generation will pass on the need to never forget, so that we may never be plunged into such darkness again.”