Friday, February 27, 2009

The Choirboys

One of the more well known and popular groups is/was the Choirboys. This is from BCSD: “The Choirboys, CJ Porter-Thaw, Patrick Aspbury, and Ben Inman are described as a mini version of the Three Tenors. The group was formed after talent scouts visited 50 cathedrals and churches across the UK. Porter-Thaw and Aspbury were both members of the choir at the King's School in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Inman was singing in the choir at state-run Minster School in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The trio is co-managed by former treble Aled Jones.”

Their self-titled album sold 100,000 copies in the first week, making it the fastest selling classical debut album ever in the UK. That was in 2005.

In 2007, William Dutton, Bill Goss, and Andrew Swait were selected to replace Ben, Patrick and CJ. They recorded an excellent Christmas CD titled The Carols Album.
The manager of Universal Classics said that they auditioned hundreds of boys for this group and these were the three best singers in England.
I would like to have heard more CD’s from these three, but there seems to be only the one album. It’s fascinating the way their voices blend and support each other so beautifully.

I like both sets of boys. Ben, Patrick and CJ are very listenable and I like the selection of songs on their CD. It’s just my opinion, and I’m sure many will disagree, but I think William, Bill and Andrew are better singers. I’m a fan of both, though.


Whatever happened to the Trebby awards? The site is still up but it stops at 2006. It's really too bad they are no longer supporting it because it is an important site for researching boy's music. There are long lists of choirs and soloists for the years 2003 thru 2006 and there are samples for each one. The samples are an entire song so you can really tell what a group or singer is like. I've made a list of the ones I like best and I'll use it to buy CD's this year. There is a lot of music on this site and some unbelievable treble voices. Check it out at

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