"All of the following examples are from 'The Second Copy' by George Bragg. It is fascinating to read the extent to which Boy Choirs have populated the earth. Here are a few examples."
"There is a monument to a Boys Choir that won a dionysiac contest in 335 B.C. in Athens, Greece. It is known as the choragic Monument of Lysicrates. Located at the edge of the Platka and at the foot of the Acropolis, it was saved from extinction by a group of French Capuchin monks in the 1600's."
"There is evidence that the first known Song School was located in the Second Century A.D. on the northern coast of Africa in the vicinity of Carthage."
"The Franciscan Friar, John of Montecorvino, Italy brought Boychoir to Peking, China in 1295 when he organized and trained a choir of 150 boys. 'The chaunting we do by ear because I have no service books with notes.'
"Friar John was later appointed Archbishop of Peking in 1307 A.D."
Sing a song of sixpence
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty Black birds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing.
Wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before a king ?
"This nursery rhyme is a description of a happening at the Banquet Celebration in the Burgundian Court when an oversized pie was wheeled in on a large platform. At a predetermined signal, 24 singers popped forth and in song serenaded the king !"
Robert Wangermee, "Flemish Music"
"A company of boy actors as early as 1378 from St. Paul's gave public performances of a play on an Old Testament subject. Late in London, there were three principle companies definitely established: Children of the Chapel Royal, of St. Paul's and Windsor. At first, the performances of these boys were mainly confined to court functions, but their popularity increased to such an extent that in the early part of Elizabeth's reign, drama was fairly under the domination of these boy companies. They gradually died out by 1590 but not before William Shakespeare utilized and immortalized them in his Globe Theatre plays."
Sir Sidney Nicholson "Quires and Places Where They Sing"
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