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17 April 2019, 17:07 | Updated: 17 April 2019, 17:38
How do you get over the problem of your boy sopranos' voices breaking? A massive helium balloon, of course. Here's how it sounds in Allegri's Miserere...
Choirboys have a pretty tough life.
For years, they’re praised and admired for their beautifully angelic high Cs – but then puberty kicks in and it all goes to pot.
Luckily, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge has found a solution for this inconvenience.
Instead of sourcing a soprano to hit the top notes, they've discovered that a nice big balloon of helium does the job just as well.
In this stunning performance of Allegri’s ‘Miserere’, a male university student is able to hit a C6 (a soprano C, to you and me) simply by inhaling a gulp of helium from a giant balloon.
Allegri’s ‘Miserere’ was famously transcribed and brought into the public domain by Mozart in 1770.
The young composer, then aged just 14, supposedly once heard the piece at a concert, returned home and wrote down the whole thing note for note.
In all seriousness, this video was actually filmed as an April Fool’s prank in 2014 and has since racked up nearly five million views on YouTube.
Well played, guys.