The Aloud Charity are excited to announce that, in November of this year, Only Boys Aloud will be going on their first ever trip abroad. We will be taking the boys to Ypres in Belgium as part of the commemorations of World War One but also to remember the life of Welsh poet Hedd Wyn who was killed on 31st July 1917 at the Battle of Passchendaele.
Being a member of Only Boys Aloud is completely free. We are so proud to have offered this oportunity to all 13-19 year old boys across Wales, regardless of their background or previous musical experience, for the last 6 years.
However, a European trip of this nature is expensive and we are therefore having to charge our boys £295 to take part. We want to reduce this cost as much as we possibly can and for this we need your help!
Over 100 boys have signed up to the trip. Raising £10,000 will mean we can reduce the cost of the trip by nearly £100 for each boy but whatever we raise will make a big difference!
As part of the trip, the boys will be delivering special performances in a number of places including performing at the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, singing at Hedd Wyn’s grave at Artillery Woods and delivering a concert at the Memorial Church. The performances will explore the themes of remembrance, peace and reconciliation.
Aloud’s Artistic Director, Tim Rhys-Evans, said the following: “It was in a rehearsal with Only Boys Aloud one day that I got thinking about the current centenary commemorations of WWI and I realised that the boys in front of me, lads in their mid-teens, were exactly the type of boys who’d been slaughtered in the name of war all those years ago; had they lived 100 years ago, any one of our lovely boys in OBA could have gone through that hell and, in all likelihood, never come home. I’m sure the thousands of Welsh boys who gave their lives in WWI could never have imagined that, a century later, hundreds of fresh-faced teenagers from Wales would travel to where they were killed in order to mourn them in song. I hope that this next generation will pass on the need to never forget, so that we may never be plunged into such darkness again.”
Thank you from all of us at Aloud!