Frowns in gowns as church choirs breed boy bands

Frowns in gowns as church choirs breed boy bands


norman lebrecht

May 25, 2016

Elisabeth Braw in the Economist reports an alarming phenomenon by which some leading churches have become breeding grounds for trivial pop exploitation bands.



Die Prinzen, one of Germany’s most popular pop bands, consists of former pupils in the St Thomas Choir of Leipzig (pictured). So does the internationally-celebrated Amarcord, a classical group. The Choirboys, a British boy band, consists of two former trebles at Ely Cathedral and one from Southwell Minster. The members of Elliot Minor, a punk group, met as trebles at York Minster.

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  • Robert Holmén says:

    Oh dear… they’re walking away from that lucrative, long-lasting career of… choir boy.

    Isn’t that the pitch of school music programs? Learn music and you can carry that appreciation on to later life?

    “Sang in the church choir” is a frequent element among American pop singers.

  • Tim Walton says:

    At least they’ve had the basic training of how to sing properly in the first place!

  • Tom Hartley says:

    Fortunately, the author of the article is not as “alarmed” by this phenomenon as Norman.