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Three Corner Brook boys selected as group leaders for Atlantic BoyChoir’s European tour

The Atlantic BoyChoir, seen here during a recent performance, is off to tour Europe for the next week.
The Atlantic BoyChoir, seen here during a recent performance, is off to tour Europe for the next week. - Submitted

The Atlantic BoyChoir is taking its collective talent across the proverbial pond today for a pre-Christmas tour of Europe.

The youthful singing ambassadors of Newfoundland and Labrador depart from the province today and will perform eight times at six different venues in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

The choir has been split into four groups of about a dozen boys who will be under the watchful eye of four of the older boys in the choir. Of those group leaders, three of them — James Barrett, Harry Callahan and Nathaniel Vincent — are from Corner Brook.

Here are their thoughts on the upcoming experience, including what it means to them to have been selected as a group leader.

 

James Barrett
James Barrett

 

James Barrett

Age: 17

Level 3 student at Corner Brook Regional High School

Voice: bass

“I have always wanted to do a big trip like this, especially with a group of performers, and be able to go around the world to do a show. It’s an amazing thought that I’ll be able to perform something somewhere that’s not home, which is an opportunity not a lot of people get to do.

“We have a lot more responsibility placed on us. We will have to make sure we are all together and taking care of each other. We will be representing Newfoundland and Labrador and, to some people, Canada. We have to be on our best behavior at all time and make sure we perform well and are responsible and respectful of the areas we’re in.”

“It’s a great opportunity to have to learn how to take care of other people. It’s a good life lesson to learn. It’s also great to know you are trusted. It’s a recognition that is very nice to have.”

 

Harry Callahan
Harry Callahan

 

Harry Callahan

Age: 15

Level 1 student at Corner Brook Regional High School

Voice: tenor

“I’m pretty excited to see all the different places we’re going to and singing with the different choirs is going to be awesome too.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting Germany. I’ve always wanted to go there. It keeps coming up a lot whenever I think about places I want to go. It has a lot of history and is obviously quite beautiful as well.

“I think we will be all right as group leaders. We know most of the boys and we just have to make sure the younger ones aren’t wandering off. It shouldn’t be too bad. I expect they will all be well behaved.

“It means a lot to me to have been asked to be a group leader.”

 

Nathaniel Vincent
Nathaniel Vincent

 

Nathaniel Vincent

Age: 15

Level 1 student at Corner Brook Regional High School

Voice: bass

“I think this is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait to see what the culture is like over there and the difference there is from living here.

“I’m also looking forward to comparing the German symphony orchestra to the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra that we have played with and how the Czech boys choir operates, compared to how we do things.

“The place I want to visit the most is probably the Czech Republic because of the architecture there. I have been doing some research on it and it’s quite different from what we see here.

“I’ve heard it can be a bit overwhelming and looking after 15 or so kids can be crazy, but I’m excited. I know all of these boys and have been their group leader before, so I think it will be a similar experience in Europe.”

The tour schedule:

Dec. 9: Prague, Czech Republic at the Czech Museum of Music, with Cancioneta Praga

Dec. 10: Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic at the Metropol

Dec. 12: Tabor, Czech Republic at Divadlo Oskara Nedbala

Dec. 13: Vienna, Austria at Votivskirche

Dec. 14: Munich, Germany at St. Phillipus Kirche with the Munich Youth Choir

Dec. 15: Nuremberg, Germany at Meistersingerhalle, with the Czech Boys Choir and the German Symphony Orchestra

Dec 16: Nuremberg, Germany at Meistersinghalle, with the Czech Boys Choir and the German Symphony Orchestra (two shows)

Other upcoming performances:

- The choir will be performing at the Basilica in St. John’s with the King’s Singers from the UK on Jan. 18. This is part of the King’s Singers 50th anniversary Gold World Tour and this is their only Canadian concert.

- The choir has three performances scheduled during Corner Brook Winter Carnival. They will have concerts at the Holy Redeemer Parish at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 and at First United Church at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 and will also perform during the carnival opening ceremonies Feb. 16.

Source: Atlantic BoyChoir

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