Hello, and thanks for visiting our page, please have a read into why this project is so important to us.We are local musicians Dan Mcdywer and Hannah Groarke and we are starting Manchester Contemporary Youth choir, we want to encourage young singers to come together through song, singing high standard arrangements and thriving to be one of the UK’s leading youth choirs. We want to offer young people the opportunity to experience performing professionally, offering exciting opportunities all year round while meeting new people, building confidence and improving well-being. The choir performs well known pop songs from the charts as well as learning contrasting musical theatre, gospel and classical pieces.
As musical Directors we are extremely proud to have worked with many youth choirs including Manchester United Foundation Youth Choir and Parrswood Harmony Choir who performed with Ariana Grande at One Love Manchester. The choir raised around £25,000 for the We Love Manchester Fund through various charity events, showing just how powerful music and singing can be. We have both worked with choirs performing at world class stadiums and arenas across the UK including Old Trafford,Cardiff millennium, Wembley and Manchester arena, working with and arranging for artists such as Ariana Grande, Katherine Jenkins, Kerry Ellis, The Script and many more. In May last year Hannah played Violin in front of thousands at the anniversary of the arena attack in Albert Square, a concert which Dan worked as musical director for, bringing together 90 choirs (4000) singers performing his arrangements, broadcast live. Choir appearances for TV include BBC Children in Need, Blue Peter and songs of praise as well as many appearances on worldwide news channels and UK National news programes. As trained musicians and graduates of the RNCM we offer high quality musicianship training and vocal coaching through our fun and relaxed rehearsals.
We want to offer young people in Manchester exciting opportunities who may be interested in singing modern music. We know how important singing is for improving mental health, singing together is proven to release endorphins, helping to create friendships and build individual confidence. It is so important that there are more projects to allow young people to take care of their individual growth, mental health and well-being.
The money raised will help fund the project, making the choir free for young people to attend and paying for staff and room hire to make the choir possible. The choir will start 13th May and run every Monday 4.30-6pm at Emmanuel church, Didsbury. We thank you in advance for any donations to make this project possible.
Dan and Hannah