The Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble is our go-to choir….the group is amazingly talented and so professional to work with. Every time they join us on the show, we are wowed with their performance. I would highly recommend the ensemble to anyone looking for an incredible choir.
— Brandon Bardow, Producer Good Morning America
 
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I highly recommend the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, they are talented and fill a room with excitement and cheer. Their energy is contagious. I look forward to working with them every year around the holidays. They get people in the holiday spirit. They are a highlight of our holiday party performances.
— Kelly Thomas, Senior Manager, Brooks Brothers
 
The Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble is one of the most amazing and deeply talented singing groups I have ever heard in my life. Angels is not even a good enough word to describe the sound of their collective voices. But when this ensemble sings there is certainly something God-like about the power and grace of its heavenly vocals.
— Kevin Powell, President of BK Nation
It was a wonderful experience to host The Boy and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble at Grace, their preparation and presentation was exemplary. I was most impressed with their professionalism and willingness to work together with the other ensembles that were present. I highly recommend the BGCH Alumni Ensemble and plan to invite them for future opportunities.
— Minister of Music, Grace Baptist Church
 
  Famous Harlem choir stages a comeback 25 December 2013 Last updated at 00:15 GMT For over 30 years, the Boys and Girls Choirs of Harlem produced world class vocalists from one of New York's toughest neighbourhoods. They toured the world, singing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Luciano Pavarotti, and performing at venues like Carnegie Hall and the White House. But the choir, for grade school children, closed its doors in 2007 amid sexual scandal and financial ruin. Now, the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, made up of 20 former members, is trying to keep the tradition of excellence and achievement alive. BBC News went to rehearsal in the heart of Harlem to hear how these once-gifted children are trying to resurrect the choir as adults. Produced for the BBC by Leigh Paterson Altered States is a series of video features published every Wednesday on the BBC News website which examine how shifting demographics and economic conditions affect America on a local level.

 

Famous Harlem choir stages a comeback

25 December 2013 Last updated at 00:15 GMT

For over 30 years, the Boys and Girls Choirs of Harlem produced world class vocalists from one of New York's toughest neighbourhoods. They toured the world, singing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Luciano Pavarotti, and performing at venues like Carnegie Hall and the White House.

But the choir, for grade school children, closed its doors in 2007 amid sexual scandal and financial ruin.

Now, the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, made up of 20 former members, is trying to keep the tradition of excellence and achievement alive.

BBC News went to rehearsal in the heart of Harlem to hear how these once-gifted children are trying to resurrect the choir as adults.

Produced for the BBC by Leigh Paterson

Altered States is a series of video features published every Wednesday on the BBC News website which examine how shifting demographics and economic conditions affect America on a local level.