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New choir member for Kyai Calver

Kyai (correct) Calver, 8, is the only child who attends the new junior choir at St Michaels Church, Sittingbourne. He is hoping that other children will join up so he not alone.
Kyai (correct) Calver, 8, is the only child who attends the new junior choir at St Michaels Church, Sittingbourne. He is hoping that other children will join up so he not alone.


by Hayley Robinsonhrobinson@thekmgroup.co.uk

In the words of Bill Withers it’s "just the two of us".

Kyai Calver was the only one to sign up to the junior choir at St Michael’s Church in Sittingbourne, when it formed in October 2010.

Although not unhappy to be the one and only, he appealed for other children to get involved.

It took more than a year but now he has a singing partner – nine-year-old Martyn Gbinigie.

The youngster, who enjoys singing, was encouraged to join the choir by his dad Valentine who is a regular at the church.

He joined in October last year as a probationer and underwent a three-month probationary period which he passed with flying colours.

He was officially admitted into the choir at the High Street church on February 12 in a service called the office of admission.

Both boys have completed the Royal School of Music Voice for Life white level and are now working towards the light blue level.
The choir was started by Andrea Don.

Kyai, nine, of Dalewood, Sittingbourne, jokily said: "Me and Martyn get on pretty well. It makes it a bit more enjoyable, but I don’t want anyone else to join, I like it just us two.

Martyn Gbinigie has been officially admitted to the junior choir at St Michaelís Church, High Street, Sittingbourne.
Martyn Gbinigie has been officially admitted to the junior choir at St Michaelís Church, High Street, Sittingbourne.

"My favourite hymn to sing is 'Shine Jesus Shine’ but I don’t get to sing it or hear that much because Andrea doesn’t like it, probably because it’s very enjoyable and happy. She doesn’t like those, she usually picks the really dull ones that makes you want to full asleep."

Martyn, a pupil at Grove Park Primary School, said: "I tested it out and found it quite interesting and enjoyable. Kyai and I also get on really well."

The duo attend choir practice at the High Street church every Friday from 7.15pm. They then join the adult choir section at 7.45pm to practise hymns for the Sunday service.

Girls and boys aged seven to 14 can join the junior section of the choir.


Songs Kyai and Martyn could sing

You’ve Got a Friend - James Taylor
That’s What Friends Are For - Dionne WarwickIt Takes Two - Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston
Army Of Two - Dum Dums
Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris
Two Good Men - Woody GuthrieWith A Little Help from My Friends -The Beatles
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
Me and My Shadow - Frank Sinatra
You’re My Best Friend - Queen


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