Barnsley Youth Choir

Barnsley Youth Choir has over 250 members and aspires to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the region. We create outstanding training opportunities for young people, give exceptional performances, empower young people, strengthen connections throughout the local community and create a flagship ensemble to represent the town on a local, national and international stage.

Genre: Eclectic
Leader / Baton: Mat Wright
Year Choir was Formed: 2009
Rehearsals: Thursday evenings. Children's Choir 6.00-8.00pm, Youth Training Choir 6.00-8.00pm, Youth Senior Choir 7.00-9.00pm.
Rehearsal Venues: Horizon Community College, Dodworth Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 6PD
Auditions: Yes
Music Reading Ability: No
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: Mixed (7-24 years old)
Cost: £2 per week (free t-shirt given!)
Payment Frequency Every week
Term: £60 per year (or £2 weekly)
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week. Occasional extra rehearsals nearer concerts.
How Many Active Members: 260
Are Concerts Performed?: Yes
How Many (concerts)?: Usually around 6 performances a year.
When, Generally?: We have performed in large national venues such as the Olympic Stadium, Stratford Circus, Bridgewater Hall. In Barnsley we perform at Horzion Community College and Emmanuel Church. Both Venues hold 400 and all concerts during the last 4 years have been sold out. We perform with a number of international choirs. Also in International Competitions.
Free or Ticketed: Ticketed
Are Competitions Entered?: Yes
Regular Musical Collaborators: The Aurin and Miraculum Choirs from the Kodaly School in Hungary. Defrost Choir from Norway. The Pearl of Africa Choir from Uganda. Honley Male Voice Choir. Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir. Sing Live! Laszlo Duranyik, Steven Roberts and Thomas Caplin.
Joining Process: Contact: bycauditions@gmail.com or bycliaison@gmail.com
Member of any forums?: National Association of Choirs
Who funds the choir?: Voluntary. We have a range of schemes to support the choir such as the patrons scheme and take part in fundraising to make it viable.

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