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I am writing to ask you to support an amazing group of young people. Barnsley Youth Choir is a fantastic organisation and a registered charity that supports over 450 children and young people aged 4-24 years old in an area of significant deprivation. We aim to give young people amazing life-changing opportunities regardless of their financial background.

£250 Pledge

We are seeking to take 80 of our members aged between 10-24 years of age on a trip of a lifetime. Barnsley Youth Choir has been invited to represent Great Britain in the 2020 World Choir Games. This competition is often referred to as the Choir Olympics and is the most important choral competition in the world. Around 600 choirs of over 100 nationalities will take part – around 20,000 singers in total – in the beautiful region of Flanders, Belgium.

This is the biggest and most important competition in choral history. Its scale and standard is unparalleled and our young people will be exposed to the finest singers in the world and grow so much from the experience.

The children have already raised £20,000 at a Sponsored Singathon where they sang for 13 hours non-stop without a break through the night – a huge undertaking and incredibly hard work! They are planning all sorts of other events. The whole organisation is working so hard to raise money but these young people really need your help.

Barnsley Youth Choir is a registered charity and voluntary organisation that supports an amazing team of children who live in an area of rich and proud heritage but extreme deprivation. We provide outstanding opportunities for over 450 young people to access world class training, give exceptional performances in this country and abroad, empower young people and strengthen connections throughout the local community; irrespective of a child’s background or financial status. Barnsley Youth Choir has become a flagship ensemble that represents the town on a local, national and international stage. It is now ranked 5th in the World Rankings and is the highest ranked GB choir in the world.

I have enclosed some information about the choir and also information about a number of exciting opportunities that enable individuals and organisations to support these special young people. Please be reassured that any money raised will have a huge impact on young people in Barnsley, their families and their communities, and, as a voluntary organisation, you can be assured that every penny raised will go directly to them. This is a life-changing opportunity and will do so much to raise their self-esteem, perceptions and aspirations. I would be incredibly grateful if you would read this information and get involved in some way. Any support you can offer could make a huge difference to them and we will seek to recognise your support in a variety of ways. Thank you in advance for any support you are able to offer.

Mat Wright
Artistc Director