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Auditions 2016-17

Saturday 17th and 24th September 2016, Horizon Community College.

A number of places have become available to join Barnsley Youth Choir for boys and girls aged 7-24 years old. Auditions are a non-threatening process – we are simply looking for some basic skills. This certainly isn’t the X-Factor! There is nothing to prepare and young people auditioning will be taught a song together on the audition day. No experience is necessary – just a passion for singing.

Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at Horizon Community College and, as BYC is a voluntary charity, weekly fees remain low. Bursaries are also available for lower income families to support with any costs. There is a very experienced, talented and skilled team of leaders who provide outstanding vocal training to young people.

For more information or to book a place please contact Lynne Veal (Auditions Secretary) on or 07948898891. Alternatively please contact Yvonne Worsley (Secretary and Trustee) on or 07749405071

This is an amazing opportunity but places are limited so please get in touch quickly to secure an audition place.

General Information about BYC

Barnsley Youth Choir, established in 2009 by Mathew Wright and Keith Norton, is an Internationally Award winning choir of 270 young people aged 7- 24 years old from Barnsley and its environs.

While performing a range of styles, BYC is most renowned for performing Pop and Gospel music.  A registered charity, a huge team of adults support the choir on a voluntary basis. BYC is split into 3 sections: the Children’s Choir (7-11), the Intermediate Choir (11-16) and the Senior Choir (14-24) and is highly inclusive. Most members arrive at the choir with little formal training and rehearsals take place once every week at Horizon Community College. Musical Director, Mat Wright leads a team of assistant directors including Luke Mather and Eleanor Wright.

Close relationships and partnerships with some outstanding individuals and groups have supported the choir’s development. A partnership with the outstanding Aurin and Miraculum Choirs from the Kodaly Academy, Kecskemet, Hungary and their conductor Laszlo Duranyik has had a profound impact. The choir has worked with outstanding choral leaders such as Thomas Caplin (Norway), Romans Vanags (Latvia) and Steven Roberts (GB). Notable performances have included BBC Television and Radio, the Olympic Stadium, Stratford Circus and the Bridgewater Hall, and the choir also produced a charity Christmas single, raising £10 000 for Barnsley Hospice. The senior section of the choir has performed in outstanding venues throughout the world including performances in Riga (Latvia), Magdeburg (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden) and in Edinburgh (Scotland) as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. BYC released its debut album in 2016, ‘When You Believe’, to critical acclaim which is now available as a physical CD copy or as a download via a number of platforms including iTunes.

In 2014 the choir represented Great Britain in the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. This was the choir’s first ever competition and it was awarded 2 Golden Diplomas, winning the Open Popular Music Category. In 2015 BYC represented GB in the European Choir Games in Magdeburg, Germany. It was awarded 3 Gold Medals and was the winner of the Champions Pop and Gospel Categories. It was also crowned Grand Prix winners, beating outstanding choirs from across the world, and received the highest mark in the entire competition – 96.5 out of 100. The choir is currently ranked 7th in the Musica Mundi World Rankings.