Help BYC take part in the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe

by Barnsley Youth Choir in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £31,544

raised so far

+ est. £1767.00 Gift Aid

142

supporters

Please help us raise money to support 180 amazing children so that they can perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2022.

by Barnsley Youth Choir in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 20th April 2022 we'd raised £30,160 with 137 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

This stretch target has been set in order for us to take into account the match funding that is also forming the total raised. This £20,000 target will include at last £10,000 raised by supporters, and the additional match funding will help us reach the £20,000 target. 

We really hope that, with your support, we will reach our target. This will enable those children and families who require financial support to be offered bursaries, and ensure that no child misses out because of financial barriers. 

Thank you for your amazing support! 


Help Barnsley Youth Choir get to the Fringe Festival

Barnsley Youth Choir is a remarkable organisation that supports over 450 children in an area of significant deprivation. The pandemic has had a significant impact on the children involved and their families. This tour will provide 180 children with a life changing experience and an opportunity to perform once more on the international stage. It will do so much to boost their self-esteem and confidence after 2 such challenging years.

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We plan to offer 3 separate groups of children the experience of a lifetime, performing to an international audience in the iconic Greyfriars Kirk. After being starved of experiences like this for the last 2 years, this trip will provide so many benefits to their mental health and wellbeing. 

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Before the pandemic over 1 in 4 children lived in poverty in Barnsley. This situation has only worsened and we find this such a staggering and sad statistic. BYC aims to redress this imbalance and give young people amazing life-changing opportunities regardless of their financial background. We realise that many of our children cannot afford to be involved in such trips but we refuse to let money be a barrier to them taking part. 

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 the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the exceptional work they do to make these experiences possible for our children.

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In 2017, BYC took part in the 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 5th in the World in its category.....it's an incredible story. 

World Rankings - CLICK HERE

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This summer we are keen to take up to 180 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. 

This project is hugely ambitious. 180 children, some as young as 7 years old, will be accompanied by volunteers and a professional band. This is about inclusion and raising aspirations for those that face significant challenges. 

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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 are busy fundraising and will certainly do all they can to raise the money they need. This is a collective effort - even those that can afford to go will raise money so that all children can take part. 

They are working so hard to raise money themselves and are not wanting pay outs - they just need some help along the way. We hope that this Crowdfunding Project will help raise £10,000 which will make a huge difference to this project. 

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. There are some wonderful rewards on offer and we hope that there's something for everyone. Perhaps the most wonderful pledge you could make would be to 'Sponsor a Child' to take part. 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. The choir has worked so hard to support members throughout the pandemic (here is a magazine that talks about this INSIDER MAGAZINE - CLICK HERE) but we are desperate to provide them with this very special experience after staying so positive and resillient. 

It's going to make a massive difference to a group of children who are really deserving of this opportunity.

Thank you in advance for supporting in any way that you can. 

Mat Wright MBE

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£250 or more

SPONSOR A CHILD TO GO TO THE FRINGE

Perhaps our most important reward. This pledge provides support so that a child is able to take part in the 2022 Fringe Festival. It's a huge gesture and one that is life changing for a child. Your name will be printed on the back of the tour t-shirts that children will wear and we will recognise you on social media, website and in events such as our prestigeous Black Tie Gala Dinner. This pledge makes a huge difference to this child.

£10 or more

Name in the Edinburgh Experience Concert Programme

We will recognise your support by placing your name in the Edinburgh Experience Concert programme that will be seen by up to 800 people in 2 concerts. It's our small way of thanking you for your support of BYC.

£12 or more

TUKS Camerata Concert ticket 1.00pm 23/7/22

Saturday 23nd July 1.00pm Emmanuel Church Barnsley See the famous TUKS Camerata from South Africa (World Champions in 2014) sing alongside BYC Intermediate Choir, Children's Choirs and Junior Choir. Pieces led by the superb Dr. Michael Barrett! WOW!

£12 or more

TUKS Camerata Concert Ticket 3.30pm 23/7/22

Saturday 23nd July 3.30pm Emmanuel Church Barnsley See the famous TUKS Camerata from South Africa (World Champions in 2014) sing alongside BYC Intermediate Choir, Children's Choirs and Junior Choir. Pieces led by the superb Dr. Michael Barrett! WOW!

£15 or more

Edinburgh Experience Concert Ticket-2.30pm 6/08/22

A ticket to a special Edinburgh preview concert featuring the Senior Choir and the Children's Choirs. They will perform the equivalent of 2 full Edinburgh Concerts (2 hours) singing the pieces that they will share on the international stage at the Fringe. This concert will take place at Emmanuel Church, Barnsley at 2.30pm on August 6th 2022. Tickets are limited and will be very popular!

£15 or more

Edinburgh Experience Concert Ticket-7.00pm 6/08/22

A ticket to a special Edinburgh preview concert featuring the Senior Choir and the Intermediate Choirs. They will perform the equivalent of 2 full Edinburgh Concerts (2 hours) singing the pieces that they will share on the international stage at the Fringe. This concert will take place at Emmanuel Church, Barnsley at 7.00pm on August 6th 2022. Tickets are limited and will be very popular!

£18 or more

TUKS Camerata Concert Ticket 7.00pm 22/7/22

Ticket to TUKS Camerata Concert 7.00pm 22/7/22 FRIDAY 22nd July 7.00pm Emmanuel Church Barnsley See the famous TUKS Camerata from South Africa (World Champions in 2014) sing alongside BYC Senior Choir in perhaps the biggest concert BYC has ever hosted. This will be a VERY SPECIAL evening that will feature a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned piece conducted by the superb Jake Runestad who is flying in from the USA. WOW!

£18 or more

TUKS Camerata Concert Ticket 7.00pm 23/7/22

Ticket to TUKS Camerata Concert 7.00pm 23/7/22 Saturday 23rd July 7.00pm Emmanuel Church Barnsley See the famous TUKS Camerata from South Africa (World Champions in 2014) sing alongside BYC Senior Choir in perhaps the biggest concert BYC has ever hosted. This will be a VERY SPECIAL evening that will feature a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned piece conducted by the superb Jake Runestad who is flying in from the USA. WOW!

£25 or more

VIP ticket - TUKS Camerata Concert 1.00pm 23/7/22

Saturday 23nd July 1.00pm Emmanuel Church Barnsley See the famous TUKS Camerata from South Africa (World Champions in 2014) sing alongside BYC Intermediate Choir, Children's Choirs and Junior Choir. Pieces led by the superb Dr. Michael Barrett! WOW! Reserved seating/free programme+refreshments. A really exclusive reward - not available anywhere else. A real VIP experience.

£25 or more

VIP ticket - TUKS Camerata Concert 3.30pm 23/7/22

Saturday 23nd July 3.30pm Emmanuel Church Barnsley See the famous TUKS Camerata from South Africa (World Champions in 2014) sing alongside BYC Intermediate Choir, Children's Choirs and Junior Choir. Pieces led by the superb Dr. Michael Barrett! WOW! Reserved seating/free programme+refreshments. A really exclusive reward - not available anywhere else. A real VIP experience.

£30 or more

VIP Edinburgh Experience Concert 2.30pm 06/08/22

This is a VIP ticket to a special Edinburgh preview concert featuring the Senior Choir and the Children's Choirs. They will perform the equivalent of 2 full Edinburgh Concerts (2 hours). This concert will take place at Emmanuel Church, Barnsley at 2.30pm on August 6th 2022. This VIP ticket will provide reserved seating at the front, a comlimentary programme and free refreshments. A really exclusive reward - not available anywhere else.

£30 or more

VIP Edinburgh Experience Concert 7.00pm 06/08/22

This is a single VIP ticket to a special Edinburgh preview concert featuring the Senior Choir and the Intermediate Choir. They will perform the equivalent of 2 full Edinburgh Concerts (2 hours). This concert will take place at Emmanuel Church, Barnsley at 7.00pm on August 6th 2022. This VIP ticket will provide reserved seating at the front, a comlimentary programme and free refreshments.

£30 or more

Exclusive BYC Supporters Polo Shirt

This is a very exclusive and special reward for the discerning supporter! The polo shirt is in white with a blue and red trim, and the BYC logo embroidered proudly on the left breast. A wonderful gift, perhaps for yourself!? This reward is for UK residents only and includes postage and packaging.

£30 or more

Become a Friend of BYC for the 2022-23 Season

For the equivalent of £2.50 per month you can become a Friend of BYC and support the choirs work in providing support and tuition to children across Barnsley. We will list your name on the website as a thank you for supporting in this way, and ensure that this donation is used wisely to ensure that these children have the best experience possible. This reward would run from Sept '22 - August '23.

£30 or more

Daily Video Diary from the Edinburgh Fringe!

A fun reward! Your pledge will grant you access to a private Facebook Group where we will post a video diary with videos taken throughout the tour that will not appear anywhere else! Interviews with members, clips of performances and clips of all the activities the group will be involved in. We will post several videos and photos each day and give you the 'behind the scenes' view of the tour to view at your leisure.

£35 or more

VIP ticket - TUKS Camerata Concert 7.00pm 22/7/22

FRIDAY 22nd July 7.00pm Emmanuel Church Barnsley See the famous TUKS Camerata from South Africa (World Champions in 2014) sing alongside BYC Senior Choir in perhaps the biggest concert BYC has ever hosted. This will be a VERY SPECIAL evening that will feature a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned piece conducted by the superb Jake Runestad who is flying in from the USA. WOW! Reserved seating/free programme+refreshments

£35 or more

VIP ticket - TUKS Camerata Concert 7.00pm 23/7/22

Saturday 23nd July 7.00pm Emmanuel Church Barnsley See the famous TUKS Camerata from South Africa (World Champions in 2014) sing alongside BYC Senior Choir in perhaps the biggest concert BYC has ever hosted. This will be a VERY SPECIAL evening that will feature a world premiere performance of a newly commissioned piece conducted by the superb Jake Runestad who is flying in from the USA. WOW! Reserved seating/free programme+refreshments

£40 or more

Exclusive BYC Supporters Hoodie

This reward is a very special BYC Supporters Hoodie in Royal Blue, with the BYC logo embroidered on it. A high quality item, and something that you will be able to wear proudly for years to come. This reward is available for UK residents only and includes postage and packaging.

£72 or more

Become a BYC Patron for the 2022-23 Season

For the equivalent of £6 per month you can become a patron of BYC for the 2022-23 season running from Sept 2022 to August 2023. This support makes a huge difference to the choir and enables us to run rehearsals and events for children, ensuring the costs don't exclude those that face hardship. This also includes preferential booking +2 free tickets to the Christmas or Spring Concerts (worth up to £30) and invitations to a special patrons evening.

£200 or more

An A5 advert in the Edinburgh Experience Programme

We always produce really high quality programmes that are not only sold at concerts, but also are placed on our website that people regularly access. This pledge is for an A5 advert to be placed in the programme on 6th August 2022, that will be seen by 800 people, and then many more online. This pledge does not include artwork, but this is something that we can discuss if it is required.

£250 or more

A 2 hour Choir Workshop with Mat Wright MBE

Mat has an outstanding international reputation and is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician and workshop leader. He has worked with some of the world's finest choirs and has a real eye for detail, helping choirs of all levels of experience and ability move forwards and improve. He is highly engaging and really inspirational. What an amazing reward for a choir! For locations up to 30 minutes drive away - further will incur some petrol costs.

£500 or more

Become a SILVER SPONSOR for the 2022-2023 Season

This is a very special pledge of support for the choir that runs from Sept '22 - August '23. Rewards include; name and logo on the website, 2 silver sponsor badges, hyperlink to your organisation / business on the website, A5 Advert in a programme, 2 VIP tickets to both the Christmas and Spring Concerts and an invitation to a special sponsors and partners evening where you can talk to the team and watch a rehearsal.

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