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This is a truly life changing opportunity to join one of the finest choirs in the world.

BYC offers a warm and friendly welcome to children and young people aged 4 – 24 years old.

10 Reasons to Join Barnsley Youth Choir
  • Research proves that you will do better in school and college.
  • Make friends for life.
  • Learn from world class vocal leaders from this country and abroad.
  • Develop a love and a joy of singing.
  • Learn to appreciate the Arts.
  • Learn about different cultures.
  • See the world.
  • Meet the most inspiring and amazing people.
  • Develop skills you will need throughout your life.
  • Represent Barnsley and Great Britain internationally.

Joining the choir is FREE and those that are successful will be given a free rehearsal t-shirt and some other goodies to welcome them to the choir so that they feel part of the team straight away.

"When my daughter joined the choir in Sept 2016 her Dad and I were really happy that she had joined, but to be totally honest had absolutely no idea what a wonderfully amazing, emotional, pride filling experience she and we were embarking on. It's not just your own child that you are so proud of, it's each and every one of them. As a parent I cannot think of anything better in the whole world that I would wish my daughter to be part of. One of her texts to me whilst in Riga was 'Mum I'm never ever, ever leaving this choir."
the parent of a child who auditioned in 2016.

We would like to warmly invite boys and girls aged 4 – 24 years old to join Barnsley Youth Choir. BYC is a very inclusive choir and the vast majority of children and young people who contact us are offered a place in one of our choirs. Whilst we are keen to have members who are vocally talented, we also value enthusiasm and commitment highly and no experience is necessary. We have world class vocal leaders who can help children develop into outstanding singers as long as they are enthusiastic and committed.

We know that auditioning can be a daunting prospect, particularly for those that haven’t sung before, and we always make joining a relaxed and fun experience. We will usually audition children and young people in a group and there is nothing to prepare – we don’t want to create undue pressure and stress. We will teach the group a simple song and our Musical Directors will carefully watch the way in which children learn and their ability to listen carefully and sing in tune.

We don’t expect children to sing perfectly and to not make mistakes; in fact, we fully expect this! It’s a key element of the learning process.  The audition is usually a really enjoyable experience and, essentially, it is a free group singing lesson.

We are interested in potential, not simply the current ability of children. If children are enthusiastic, committed and keen to learn, our expert team of musical directors will provide them with all the tools that they need to improve, and young people will develop into really good singers quickly.


1st Step

2nd Step – deadline 1st October 2020

Junior Choir
(4–7 year olds)
Application below
No need for anything else! We will be in touch with you to make arrangements.
Children’s Choir Central (7-11 year olds)
Application below
Email a short video of your child singing Hallelujah to
Children’s Choir East (7-11 year olds) Dearne
Application below
Email a short video of your child singing Hallelujah to
Children’s Choir West (7-11 year olds) Penistone
Application below
Email a short video of your child singing Hallelujah to
Intermediate Choir (10-16 year olds)
Application below
Email a short video of your child singing Hallelujah and any other song of their choice to
Senior Choir (14-24 year olds)
Application below
We will organise an informal voice test online via Zoom. This will be very relaxed and fun.


Whilst we are a charity we do have costs that we need to cover and we make a small weekly charge for members. There are also costs for uniform but the choir works hard to subsidise these costs to make them affordable. We offer a bursary scheme for families who may struggle to meet these basic costs. We don’t want any young person to feel that they cannot be involved because of cost – this is very important to us as a choir. Please contact our President and Trustee Ann Wroe on for more information about this. Any information received will be treated with discretion and there certainly isn’t any stigma attached to asking for support.

Safety and Wellbeing

Each choir also has its own registrar team that registers young people on arrival and monitors attendance and well-being. The choir is run by an excellent team of volunteers who meet regularly and plan events meticulously. Whilst it is not a legal requirement, our volunteers are fully DBS checked.

All volunteers are inducted and there is a robust safeguarding policy to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of all members remains a priority. Our Safeguarding Lead, Nicola Ellel, is highly experienced and skilled and works closely with young people, volunteers and families to ensure that young people are safe whilst they are in our care. Many of our directors and volunteers work with young people professionally outside of the choir and have undergone First Aid Training.

New members are carefully monitored and supported and will be assigned another member of the choir as a mentor to support them through their first few weeks. Some young people arrive at the choir not knowing anyone but this is always resolved quickly as they develop new friendships and we pride ourselves on ensuring that all young people feel happy and safe.


Our Membership Secretary Lynne Veal is on hand to support you with any questions you may have. Please do get in touch with her on and she will support and guide you through this process. If for whatever reason you haven’t heard back from Lynne (she is incredibly efficient and helpful but may be working or away) then please email General Secretary Karen Davis on

We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the amazing BYC family!

Rehearsal Times

BYC Junior Choir. Aged 4 – 7 years old (of school age)




Junior Choir
Thursdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Barnsley 6th Form College

This is a very relaxed and fun choir focused on engagement and having fun. No experience or skill is necessary. Rehearsals are focused on songs and games. To join this choir please just complete the form below and we will get back to you.

BYC Children’s Choirs. Aged 7 – 11 years old

Usual Rehearsals (Face to Face)



Children’s Choir Central
Thursdays 5.45pm – 7.30pm
Barnsley 6th Form College
Children’s Choir East
Wednesdays 5.45pm – 7.30pm
Astrea Academy Dearne
Children’s Choir West
Wednesdays 5.45pm – 7.30pm
Penistone Grammar School

BYC Intermediate Choir. Aged 10-16 years old




Intermediate Choir
Thursdays 6.15pm – 8.15pm
Barnsley 6th Form College

BYC Senior Choir. Aged 14-24 years old




Senior Choir
Thursdays 6.45pm – 9.00pm
Barnsley 6th Form College

Application Form:

Child name*

Child Date of Birth*


School year*

Which Choir are you interested in joining?*

Musical experience*

Parent name*

Parent email address*

Parent phone number*

How did you hear about us?

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