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College and youth choir join together in harmony

Chris Webb (left) with Mat Wright

Barnsley College has given its backing to creating musical opportunities for the town’s young people by sponsoring Barnsley Youth Choir.

The College’s sponsorship will allow around 400 children to continue their involvement with the choir and enable others to access the opportunities available.

The choir has developed an outstanding international reputation and is now ranked fourth in the world. Children from the age of four are involved in high-quality musical experiences and are international ambassadors for Barnsley.

The choir is a registered charity and relies on the support of local organisations, businesses and people to remain viable as, although the costs of being involved are very low, a significant number of young people struggle to meet them.

Mat Wright, Artistic Director of Barnsley Youth Choir, said: “We are relishing an opportunity to work in partnership with Barnsley College, which is an outstanding organisation with an excellent reputation. This support will enable us to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to be involved with Barnsley Youth Choir, no matter what their financial circumstances are. 

“The two organisations share similar values and are passionate about providing the very best for young people in our borough. This financial support will have a significant impact on some of our most vulnerable members and we hope that this marks the beginning of a longer term relationship. We would publicly like to thank the College for this wonderful support.”

Chris Webb, Chief Executive and Principal of Barnsley College, added: “Barnsley Youth Choir is a superb organisation which facilitates the musical development of our town’s young people whilst giving them valuable life experiences. We are proud to support the choir and look forward to seeing its success continue.”

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