HomeAmabile Boys Choirs

Box 201
London,
CANADA
N6A 4V8

Amabile Boys Choirs

The AMABILE BOYS CHOIRS, directed by Carol Beynon and Ken Fleet were founded in 1990 by Carol Beynon and Bevan Keating to give boys and young men with special musical abilities and interests the opportunity to perform challenging choral literature and to focus on strong character development with an emphasis on leadership. The choirs enroll more than 100 singers from Southwestern Ontario, ages 9 to 35. The newest choristers sing in the Amabile Treble Training Choir (TTC), advanced trebles sing in the Treble Concert Choir TCC), young men with changed voices sing in the Amabile Young Men's Ensemble (AYME), and the postsecondary and working men sing in Primus. Trebles whose voices change have immediate access to the tenor/bass ensemble and the opportunity to continue their musical development. In their hometown, London Ontario, the boys have been a part of numerous festivals and musical ventures. In May 1996, the Amabile Boys Choirs hosted the first International Boy Choir Festival and were pleased to name Jon Vickers, internationally renowned tenor, as patron of the Festival. Dr James Litton, conductor emeritus of the American Boychoir, was the featured clinician and guest conductor. In 2002, the boys helped to open the John Labatt Centre, London's new sports and recreation arena. Within Canada, they represented Ontario in "Unisong", a choral music festival involving 475 singers, as part of Ottawa's celebration of Canada Day 1997. The choirs also sang in a mass choir concert under the direction of Barbara Clark, involving choristers from each province and territory in Canada. In the 2000-2001 Season the boys participated in an exchange with the Assiniboine South Youth Choir from Winnipeg, hosting them in February and going out to visit them in Manitoba in May. There they were the featured guests of honour at the Manitoba Boychoir Festival. In the summer of 2001 they were invited to take part in Festival 500 in Newfoundland as a participating choir. In 2002 and 2006, the boys were selected to be a featured choir at the biennial conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria, respectively. The Amabile Young Men's Ensemble won the CBC Choral Competitions, Youth Category in 2004. Also in 2002, the boys were invited by the Premier to perform as part of the "Festival of Ontario" and the Queen's 50th Jubilee celebrations in Toronto. The choirs have enjoyed six international concert tours. In 1993, the choirs participated in the Llangollen International Eistedfod in North Wales, as well as performing in Westminster Abbey, St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, and Canterbury Cathedral. During the summer of 1995, both concert choirs performed for large audiences in Austria, Holland and Germany. Both ensembles competed in the Youth and Music Festival in Vienna and won top awards in several categories. During March 1997, the choirs travelled to the islands of Anguilla and St. Kitt's in the Caribbean to perform concerts in a number of schools and communities to promote male choral singing and the development of music education programmes. They have participated three in the AmericaFest International Singing Festivals, first in 1998 as a Continental Anchor Choir, in 2000 as an International Choir, and most recently as the Staff Choir at the 2002 and 2005 Festivals. Here they received the opportunity to perform with the world's leading boychoirs and to be directed by some of the most renowned conductors in the world. Their most recent journey to the United States had the boys performing at the Sixth World Choral Symposium, the world's most prestigious choral festival. In addition, they also performed as part of the mass AmericaFest Chorus in addition to presenting their own performance at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The concert was subsequently broadcast on the BBC, CBC-Radio 2 and American Public Radio.

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