Bunbury Men of Song announce new scholarships for 2022 season

'A great opportunity': Bunbury Men of Song Boys Ensemble member Thomas Mills has been a part of the group since it began in 2016. Photo: Pip Waller.
'A great opportunity': Bunbury Men of Song Boys Ensemble member Thomas Mills has been a part of the group since it began in 2016. Photo: Pip Waller.

THOMAS Mills' love of singing started when he was just four-years-old when his mum taught him how to play the piano.

At the same time, Thomas' mum, Brigid Mills, also realised that Thomas had what musicians refer to as 'perfect pitch'.

"Thomas can recognise and hear notes and know the name of them without looking at them," Ms Mills said.

"So it was only natural that we got him involved with the Bunbury Men of Song ensemble, which is led by his Poppy, Musical Director Ian Mills."

Thomas joined the ensemble choir in 2016 when it first began, and now at thirteen years old sings baritone due to his lower voice.

He referred to himself as a "music type of person" who loves performing.

"When Men of Song were going to start the boys choir, I just thought it would be a great opportunity to take a step forward with my musical career," Thomas said.

"And since then it's just been amazing, we've done quite a few concerts and been to so many places.

"It's been really fun to be a part of."

The Bunbury Men of Song boys ensemble offers boys aged eight to 16 the opportunity to sing in a choir in the parts of soprano, alto and baritone.

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In a first for the choir, the Bunbury Men of Song are this year offering up to five scholarships for their 2022 season, offering young boys a 'stepping stone' in to the men's choir.

The scholarships provide the opportunity to improve the vocal technique of young singers, enabling them to perform in a wide variety of settings, including with the Bunbury Men of Song, men's choir.

Thomas said he highly recommended other boys joining the ensemble as it was a great place to make friends and to achieve milestones collectively in a group.

"The ensemble isn't about us as individuals, it's about combining all our voices together and appreciating each other.

"Sometimes people think it's a bit of a girls thing to be part of a choir, but usually as soon as they listen to us, they get that sense of it's not that and that everyone can do it."

Successful applicants will be selected following a short interview and audition process after applications close at 5pm on Friday, December 10.

Those interested can apply by emailing Chris Lloyd at secretary@bunburymenofsong.com.au.

"Whenever I hear these boys sing I just want to be on the stage with them performing all these songs," Thomas said.

"It's definitely what I'll continue doing into the future. I just love it."

The Bunbury Men of Song men's choir and ensemble can next be seen at their annual Christmas Concert at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on December 18.