Help Barnsley Youth Choir get to the Fringe

by Barnsley Youth Choir in Barnsley, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 11th June 2018 we successfully raised £15,135 with 168 supporters in 56 days

Please help 140 exceptional children raise money so that they can take part in the amazing Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018

by Barnsley Youth Choir in Barnsley, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We are so grateful that we have managed to raise £9,000 - our initial target - THANK YOU!

£2000 of this has been a very kind pledge by Barnsley MBC. 

We are desperate to raise as much money as possible to make this trip possible for all of our young people. We have a huge sum of money to raise and every penny raised via this Crowdfunder Project will support our young people so much.

We have set an stretch target of £12,000. 

There are plenty of exclusive copies of our new CD available and tickets to the brilliant 'Edinburgh Experience' Concert. With your support we have a chance of making this stretch target. 

Thanks again - you're making such a difference to the lives of some amazing young people. 


BYC Edinburgh Fringe 2018 Project

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Barnsley Youth Choir is a charity that provides outstanding opportunities to over 400 children who live in an area of significant deprivation.

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Over 1 in 4 children live in poverty in Barnsley. It's a staggering and sad statistic. BYC aims to redress this imbalance and give young people amazing life-changing opportunities regardless of their financial background. The choir runs a bursary scheme to ensure that all children can take part and works hard to fundraise to make this opportunity available to all. We are inclusive and focus on providing the best for these amazing young people - irrespective of their financial backgrounds. 

The choir is run by volunteers who received an MBE this year in recognition for their incredible work. 

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Last year BYC took part in the 2017 European Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. Against all odds it won 4 gold medals and 4 Category Wins against affluent choirs, many of them adult choirs, from across the world. 

Clip from Awards Ceremonies in Riga 2017 - Click Here

The choir is now ranked 4th in the World in its category.....it's an incredible story. 

World Rankings - Click Here

This summer we are keen to take up to 140 young people for the trip of their lives - they will perform in the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh on the international stage. This is the largest arts festival in the world and will include over 50,000 performances from groups from across the globe. Our members will perform in the amazing Greyfriars Kirk twice per day and also perform in a number of other venues in Edinburgh. We hope to perform on the BBC stage once again as we did in 2016. 

It will be a hugely empowering experience for our children and change their lives.

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This project is hugely ambitious. 140 children, some as young as 9 years old, will be accompanied by volunteers and a professional band. This is about inclusion and it's about changing lives. It's also about raising aspirations of those who face significant challenges. We are committed to try and provide the best possible experiences for our children. 

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We need to raise £50,000 in total to make this project work. We've already made a fantastic start! The children themselves have raised over £18,000 in a number of amazing fundraising efforts including bag packing and a 14 hour, through the night, non-stop 'Singathon' - a night that certainly wasn't for the faint hearted! They are working so hard to raise money themselves and are not wanting pay outs - they just need some help along the way. We have also had some really kind donations from others. We hope that this Crowdfunding Project will help raise £12,000 which will ensure that every child can afford to go.

Without your help we won't be able to make this happen for them. 

In return for your kindness and support we can offer a number of rewards for pledges. Please pledge if you can, safe in the knowledge that every penny will go to a very worthy cause. As a registered charity with a track record of success you can be reassured that any pledge will make its way directly to young people who really need and deserve it. 

Thank you in advance for supporting our project. It's going to make a massive difference to a group of children who are really deserving of this opportunity.

Mat Wright

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

HAVE YOUR NAME PRINTED IN OUR PROGRAMME

As a gesture of thanks we will list your name on a BYC programme - a glossy high quality document that over 1000 audience members will see. A small gesture of thanks for your kindness.

£17 or more

99 of 500 claimed

EXCLUSIVE COPY OF THE NEW ALBUM 'JOY' -UK Pledge

The reward for this pledge is an exclusive pre-sale copy of the new album 'Joy' - a month before it will go on general sale! The album will be signed by Mat Wright and the pledge includes all postage and packaging to a UK address. This is an eagerly awaited 2nd album following the huge success of 'When You Believe' that gained international critical acclaim. We hope to send it to people who pledge well before December 2018.

£20 or more

181 of 350 claimed

'EDINBURGH EXPERIENCE CONCERT' TICKET 27th JULY

This reward will be a ticket to an exclusive concert at Horizon CC on 27th July 2018 that will recreate the Edinburgh Fringe Show in Barnsley. This will be the only time that this team of 140 members and a professional band will publicly perform this programme outside of Edinburgh and will provide those who come with a special insight into the visit and the experience young people will have. Free programme and refreshments included!

£20 or more

6 of 50 claimed

EDINBURGH TOUR T-SHIRT - UK Pledge

This is the only way that the general public can get their hands on a stunning BYC Edinburgh 2018 Tour T-Shirt. This will be the same t-shirt that the members themselves will wear in Edinburgh. Please let us know your size and let us know whether you would like members to sign it for you! This pledge includes postage and packaging to UK addresses.

£25 or more

5 of 250 claimed

EXCLUSIVE COPY OF THE ALBUM 'JOY'-International

The reward for this pledge is an exclusive pre-sale copy of the new album 'Joy' - a month before it will go on general sale! The album will be signed by Mat Wright and the pledge includes all postage and packaging to an International Address. This is an eagerly awaited 2nd album following the huge success of 'When You Believe' that gained international critical acclaim. We hope to send it to people who pledge well before December 2018.

£25 or more

1 of 50 claimed

EDINBURGH TOUR T-SHIRT-International

This is the only way that the general public can get their hands on a stunning BYC Edinburgh 2018 Tour T-Shirt. This will be the same t-shirt that the members themselves will wear in Edinburgh. Please let us know your size and let us know whether you would like members to sign it for you! This pledge includes postage and packaging to International addresses.

£30 or more

4 of 1000 claimed

FRIEND OF BYC

This reward makes you a 'Friend of BYC' for one year. In return for this your name will be listed on our website and we will provide you with an enamel badge to wear. Friends of BYC do not seek any specific reward - they just contribute to the choir and recognise that their contribution makes a real difference to the lives of young people in the choir.

£50 or more

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEDICATION!

The BYC Senior Choir will record themselves singing Happy Birthday to someone special for you. We will record this and email it to you. Let us know who it's for and we promise to put a smile on their face! We can adapt this to include a suitable song for an anniversary or special occasion.

£60 or more

0 of 10 claimed

BE OUR VIP GUEST AT A REHEARSAL

Be our VIP guest at one of our rehearsals. We will make you a drink, introduce you to our leaders and you can watch us rehearse with our members. There's a chance to talk to volunteers and get under the skin of how the choir operates. A really special opportunity! We will work with you to find a date that is suitable for you.

£66 or more

6 of 100 claimed

BECOME A PATRON OF BYC

This reward is an annual patronage to BYC. Your name will be listed on the website, you will be offered 2 free tickets to either then May or Christmas Concerts and you will also receive a special pin badge. You will also be invited to a special 'Patrons Night' where you will be able to watch a rehearsal and enjoy refreshments.

£250 or more

16 of 140 claimed

SPONSOR A CHILD

This pledge sponsors a child so that they can take part in the Edinburgh Festival. Your name / company's name will be written on the back of the tour t-shirts that members will wear in Edinburgh and we will promote and thank you publicly you via our website, social media and at functions like our prestigious 'Black Tie Gala Dinner' and concerts. This pledge makes a huge difference

£250 or more

1 of 3 claimed

1hr 30mins CHOIR WORKSHOP WITH MAT WRIGHT

Mat has an outstanding international reputation and is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and workshop leader. He has worked with some of the best choirs in the world and delivered workshops in Stockholm, Sochi, Barcelona, Paris, Pretoria and throughout GB. He has a real eye for detail, infectious enthusiasm and has worked with many outstanding choirs. This must be within 1 hour travelling from Barnsley. What an amazing reward for a choir!

£500 or more

3 of 10 claimed

BECOME A SILVER SPONSOR

Silver Sponsors have a number of rewards for one year. This includes: name / logo on the website, 2 silver sponsor BYC badges, hyperlink to your organisation from our website, an A5 advert in one of our programmes, 2 VIP tickets to our May and December Concerts (free programmes/reserved seating/free refreshments) and an invitation to a special 'Sponsor's Evening' where you will chat with members, meet directors and watch a rehearsal

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A SINGING DAY WITH MAT WRIGHT

This is a very special reward for a choir, school or singing group/organisation. This will provide 4 hours of rehearsal and workshop time with Mat Wright at a venue within 1hr from Barnsley. Mat has worked with children of all ages and many adult choirs. He has conducted mass choirs of over 400 singers and also worked with small groups. This day will finish with an informal sharing of the music that has been taught. An unforgettable day!

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

BECOME A GOLD SPONSOR

Become a Gold Sponsor for a year and enjoy many benefits: your logo on the homepage of the website, hyperlink to your organisation, an A5 advert in one of our programmes, a framed photograph of the choir, 2 VIP tickets to both the May and December concerts (free refreshments, programmes & reserved seating), invitation to a special sponsor's evening (speak to members and directors) official sponsorship of a concert with space for a stand/promotion

£5,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

MAJOR CORPORATE SPONSOR

This pledge has rewards that reflect the significant contribution that you or your organisation will make. It includes all rewards that a Gold Sponsor will receive but also includes: a special performance of one of our choirs for you or your organisation in a venue in Barnsley, a dedicated arrangement written by Mat Wright (around 35 hours of work) and a bespoke package agreed by BYC and yourselves to ensure maximum exposure.

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