BYC is first and foremost a community choir serving an area of deprivation where 1 in 4 children live in poverty. The choir is highly inclusive and our 6 sections consists of over 400 singers. The choir contains BYC Junior Choir (4-7 years), BYC Children’s Central (7-12 years), BYC Children’s Choir East (7-12 years), BYC Children’s Choir West (7-12 years), BYC Intermediate Choir (10-16 years) and BYC Senior Choir (14-24 years). The choir has released 2 albums, performed on TV and Radio and has raised significant amounts of money for local charities including £10,000 for Barnsley Hospice after releasing a charity single.
The choir also has a newly formed Alumni section and close links with sister organisations Little Singers (0-4 years) founded by Eleanor Wright and Barnsley Singers (24 years+) founded by Mat Wright and Luke Mather. BYC is not publicly funded and relies on the support of the local and wider community to operate and maintain viability.
The use of the Kodaly system, through a close association with choirs from the Kodaly School in Kecskemet and Laszlo Duranyik, has been significant in developing young people with little prior experience or formal training. The choir has had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s finest conductors and choirs in this country and abroad, and has appeared in outstanding international venues. The choir is unusual in that it maintains a wide and diverse repertoire including Popular, Gospel, Spiritual, Folk and more Classical genres, and audiences appreciate the variety of music performed in concerts.
The choir has developed close associations with the Aurin and Miraculum Choirs from Hungary, Tuks Camerata from South Africa and choirs from the Adolf Fredriks School in Sweden. It has also performed with outstanding choirs from this country including Farnham Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship. It has worked with soloists such as Lesley Garrett OBE, international folk star Kate Rusby and Paul Phoenix (Kings Singers) and has been conducted by and received training from some of the world’s best choral leaders including Dr. Michael Barrett (RSA), Laszlo Duranyik (HUN), Tony Margeta (SWE), Romans Vanags (LAT), Thomas Caplin (NOR), Johan Rooze (NED), Fred Sjoberg (SWE), Prof. Ralf Eisenbeiss (GER), David Slater (AUS), Joanna Tomlinson (GB), Dr. Amy Bebbington (GB) and Steven Roberts (GB).
BYC prides itself on providing exceptional experiences for young people and engenders a sense of aspiration. Being a member helps young people to develop skills and qualities that will support them throughout their lives. We seek to inspire and change lives through music and provide life changing opportunities for those involved.
Director of Choral Studies at University of Pretoria.
Conductor of Tuks Camerata, International Adjudicator, Clinician and Composer.
Conductor of Nordic Blue and Defrost Youth Choir. Author of 'The Learning Conductor'.
International Adjudicator, Clinician and Composer.
Conductor of Gnesin Ensemble 'Altro Coro', Academy of Music, Moscow.International Adjudicator and Clinician.
Conductor of Adolf Fredriks Music School, Adolf Fredriks Boys Choir and La Cappella International Adjudicator and Clinician.
Member of Parliament for Barnsley Central Major of the Sheffield City Region and Honorary Patron of BYC
Senior Artistic Director of INTERKULTUR.
Founder and Director of the World Choir Games.
International Adjudicator, Conductor and Lecturer. GERMANY
Teacher at the Kodaly School, Kecskement. Director of Miraculum and Aurin Choirs. International Adjudicator and Clinician. Advisor to Barnsley Youth Choir.
Chief Executive, Arts Council,