Is this the death of the choirboy? Earlier puberty means many are forced to retire by the age of 12

Is this the death of the choirboy Earlier puberty means many are forced to retire by the age of 12 The average age a boy's voice breaks has fallen from 14 in 1960 to 12 today Many youngsters don't have the opportunity to develop strong treble voices before going through pubertyAnd older and more musically experienced boys are being lost early, potentially impacting the choir’s ability to perform more difficult music | UPDATED: 19:43 GMT, 10 December 2012 Earlier puberty means youngsters do not have the opportunity to develop strong treble voices before their voices drop into a lower range For many, the sound of Christmas is the dulcet tones of choirboy voices singing Once in Royal David’s City or The Holly And The Ivy.