The New Year has brought with it some exciting new developments for Barnsley Youth Choir. Three significant developments are shaping the way in which the choir will progress during 2015, with the first of them aiming to further improve the standard of the young singers.
Over the next few weeks, the members will be split down from the current two-choir structure to three choral groups: the Children’s Choir, the Youth Choir Training Section and the Youth Choir Senior Section. The new Training Section will contain members aged between 11-15 and will help the progression of the young singers as they develop from the Children’s Choir.
Commenting on the structure change, BYC Musical Director Mat Wright said:
“Despite having 220 members already, we have been inundated with requests for new members to audition. It was decided that we would create a new section of the choir in the middle age range of our members, which in effect has created 40 new spaces. The creation of the Training Section will give members the chance to develop their voices and further hone their skills before progressing in to the Senior Section.”
The change in structure comes at the same time as Barnsley Youth Choir’s application to become a registered charity has been accepted and granted. Gaining charity status is a huge step for BYC. It gives the organisation long-term stability, allowing it to apply for new funding streams and opening up new avenues of opportunity for the members. Over the last couple of years several business have also expressed an interest in supporting the choir financially, and with charity status we are now in a better position to discuss any sponsorship opportunities.
Financial support will be key for the choir. Following the considerable success in the World Choir Games in Latvia last summer BYC has been invited to represent Great Britain in the international arena again. The project to take a group to the European Choir Games in Magdeburg, Germany, is now well underway, which means that BYC will once again be seeking the support of the local community. Businesses or individuals wishing to sponsor a child can do so for the sum of £200. The granting of charity status now means that BYC can claim gift aid on any donation, which turns this £200 sum in to £240. Sponsors will be recognised on the BYC website, via its social media channels and also on the BYC t-shirts worn by members at the games.
If you know of any person or business that would like to sponsor a child for the European Choir Games, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org