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BYC at the World Choir Games in Sochi 2016

In July 2016, we plan to take 60 children from Barnsley to the World Choir Games in Sochi, Russia. This is an incredibly prestigious event, where singers from across the world come together to perform, exchange cultures and share experiences through singing.

July 2016 - July 2016

Charity information: Barnsley Youth Choir Cio

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  • Need


    BYC attracts children and young people from across the Barnsley, which statistically, has high levels of deprivation, low attainment of 5+ GCSE’s & high rates of long term unemployment, when compared to the England average.

    In an Ofsted report, expert Nick Hudson said “The education of children across the Yorkshire region is dogged by ‘poverty of expectation and poverty of aspiration’.” Then, only 22% of pupils in Barnsley attended good or outstanding schools, whereas in York this was 91%.


    Engagement in the arts increases the young people's educational attainment across the board, their health and well-being, their self-confidence and sense of pride in themselves and their community.

    Travelling to Sochi will not only impact on the 60 young people who have the opportunity to travel to a new country, meeting people from across the world, but also on the other children in the choir who will fundraise to support them, the community who will pull together to make the trip possible.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To participate in the World Choir Games in Sochi, Russia in July 2016.


    » Rehearse each week with the Choir to train the young people in choral singing to an international standard.
    » Invite exceptional guest conductors to work with the Choir to improve standards.
    » Arrange new music for the Choir which challenges the skills and introduces the young people to a wide range of musical styles.
    » Fundraise with the community to raise the money to take the 60 young people to Russia.

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown by the 250 young people participating in regular rehearsals throughout the year, the selection of the Choir to take part in the Games & successful fundraising

  • Impact


    BYC believes that long-term engagement is the key to success. This begins at 8yrs in the Children’s Choir, from 12yrs the Training Choir and then progressing to the Youth Choir up to 24 yrs.

    The children benefit from:
    -Higher quality education and skills training.
    -Improved educational attainment, health and wellbeing.
    -Contact with a wider range of experienced arts professionals.

    We demonstrate success by the no's attending regular sessions & social events.


    As this is a voluntary organisation, the Choir relies heavily on the goodwill of the Musical Directors and management team. Without them, the Choir would not be able to function. We deal with this risk by having a large number of volunteers with specific roles, to ensure that no one person has too much to handle.


    We will regularly update donors through social media (Facebook & Twitter) as well as through our newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,150

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,500 Accommodation 65 people x 10 days x £30 per day
      £3,300 Travel 11 days @ £150 per day x 2 coaches
      £10,725 Food 11 days @ £15 per day x 65 people
      £6,625 Other Costs Uniforms, cultural visits, fees, concert costs etc.
  • Background


    The Choir is based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.


    Barnsley is an ex-mining community “dogged by ‘poverty of expectation and poverty of aspiration’.” Only 22% of pupils in Barnsley attended good or outstanding secondary schools, while in York, this figure is 91%. A high percentage of children live in financial poverty, and very few have the opportunity to travel or engage in positive activities outside of the classroom.

    BYC ensures that all young people, regardless of background, are able to participate fully in the choirs activities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    5 years ago, there was no choir in Barnsley. Since then, BYC has performed to sell-out audiences twice a year, arranged cultural exchanges with international choirs, performed as part of the Olympic Ceremony in London, performed with the world famous Lesley Garrett and in front of 1,500 people at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

    In 2015, BYC visited the Choir Games in Magdeburg and were awarded 3 gold medals, as well as winning the Grand Prix, ranking them one of the best choirs in the World!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mat Wright

    Mat is the voluntary Musical Director and powerhouse of the Choir. He is also a Headteacher and father to 3 young children.