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Boy’s choir shines bright on Shenzhen stage
    2016-09-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    花之梦男声合唱团绽放深圳舞台

    Zhang Qian

    zhqcindy@163.com

    There is Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc in Paris, Libera, or St. Philips Boy’s Choir as it used to be, in the United Kingdom and Vienna Boys’ Choir in Vienna, but in Shenzhen, a boy’s choir is about to blossom in the city.

    A boy’s choir was established by a passionate music teacher, Zhang Rui, at Huacheng Primary School in Longgang District on the first day of September two years ago. The name of the school, Huacheng, literarily means Flower City and Zhang named his choir Flowers’ Dream.

    “Every child is a flower and boys are flowers too,” Zhang told Shenzhen Daily, “Our school has a unique culture of “flowers” and the choir’s purpose is to let the world hear the blossoming of flowers, which means children’s singing.”

    According to the music teacher, the choir is the only chorus in Shenzhen that is made of all boy students. Zhang himself was inspired by the globally famed boy’s choirs to establish the choir. The outcome was amazing, said the teacher, as the boys have won the top prize for a citywide choir competition in December last year and performed at multiple concerts.

    “Singing is not just a female’s talent,” said Zhang, who takes on multiple roles with the choir as the conductor, the piano player and the composer of songs suitable for the boys.

    The choir started with only 15 boys from the third and fourth grades at the primary school, but now the choir has expanded to 60 people after two years.

    To cater to the boys’ beautiful voices, Zhang selected peaceful songs, mostly in different languages other than Mandarin, to create an ethereal feeling. The choir has performed and competed with other girl-dominated choirs by singing songs in Mongol, Japanese and Latin.

    “Currently, the kids are learning a song in Latin and it’s a religious song that can calm people down and sort of comfort people’s heart and soul,” said Zhang.

    Compared with girl-dominated choirs, Zhang said that the boys have even stronger motivation to practice and have more persistence. “Sometimes when I teach the boys a song, the practice can be incredibly intense, but the boys never complain as they are really putting their hearts into learning and performing the songs,” said the teacher.

    In the eyes of the teacher, joining the choir and performing in front of hundreds of people has made some timid boys more confident in themselves. Also, the students have grown more mature by learning to balance their studies and practices.

    Zhang said he enjoys every moment with his choir and hopes to take the boys to more places to perform. “My dream is to hold a special concert for all the boys who have participated in the choir on the 10th anniversary of the choir,” said Zhang.

 

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