The Bromley Boy Singers present a seasonal programme of sacred and secular songs for Christmas and New Year.
The Bromley Boy Singers will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2017. They have recently performed in Truro Cathedral, the Hall for Cornwall, La Madeleine in Paris, and in London at St Clement Dane’s, All Hallows by the Tower, St Sepulchre without Newgate and at the Royal Festival Hall. They have worked with several adult groups including the Allegri Singers, Kentish Opera, British Youth Opera and the English Baroque Choir. This year they performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion at St John’s Smith Square with Emma Kirkby and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of Bob Chilcott.
The boys achieved international recognition in May 2015 at the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival as winners of the Youth & Boys Choir Trophy. This is an independent choir financed entirely from subscriptions and donations and receives no funding from statutory bodies. They have an annual residential course which gives them intense training as well as encouraging social development through friendship. About 60 boys aged 7 to 18 from South-East London and Kent are organised into four sections and gain a unique vocal and musical education. They have an annual residential course which gives them intense training as well as encouraging social development through friendship. The Training and Intermediate choirs prepare them for public performances in the Concert Choir and subsequently in Vistra (tenors and basses.) Together these two groups will be a performance choir of about 30 boys and young men.
Travis Baker has been the choir’s director since 2005 and under his leadership they have achieved increasing recognition as one of the few secular, independent boys’ choirs in the UK. A native of Australia, he is much in demand as a vocal trainer and international organ recitalist. He has worked for Estill Voice Systems with Paul Carrington and with Mary King at Millenium Performing Arts College where he is Head of Voice. He was a voice coach for the feature films Quartet and The Theory of Everything. He works with the boys of Westminster Abbey and is Director of Music at St Mary’s Putney.
Lunchtime Concerts are FREE, with a suggested donation of £3.50 which goes towards the work of St Martin’s