Barnsley Youth Choir has been announced as the winner of the Exceptional Achievement category at the 2014 Proud of Barnsley Awards. The award was presented to representatives of the choir at tonight’s ceremony at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Dodworth.
The choir was awarded the accolade for its significant fundraising and organisational efforts in sending a selection of its members to the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, in July this year. Over £25,000 was raised through sponsorship and donations to pay for the cost of the trip, which saw the choir return with unexpected 1st and 2nd place finishes in the two categories it entered. Over 30 volunteers helped to deliver the project, which was the biggest logistical operation the choir had ever undertaken.
Individuals, sports teams and charitable organisations were all recognised for their achievements in the past 12 months. Local MP’s Dan Jarvis and Michael Dugher were both at the awards ceremony, which saw over 200 people gather to acknowledge some remarkable individual and collective achievements.
BYC Chairperson Ann Wroe commented on the award saying:
“This award caps a remarkable year for Barnsley Youth Choir. The efforts of everyone connected with the choir continue to astound me, and to have sent a group of young people to an event like the World Choir Games is truly remarkable. The effort has subsequently opened new doors for the choir and helped raise its reputation not just locally, but nationally and internationally. We’re being invited to perform at global events and have been officially ranked in the top 1,000 choirs in the world, which has all contributed to putting Barnsley on the international choral map!”