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Youth Choir wins at world championships

By Alison Burkinshaw, Royston Reporter Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Barnsley Youth Choir in Riga

BARNSLEY Youth Choir returned home from the World Choir Games in Riga 'world champions' after winning one category and coming runner up in another at the world's most prestigious choir competition.


The choir returned from the five day trip to the Latvian capital on Sunday, with the highest golden diploma in the pop section open category, and being 0.4 of a mark away from first place in the gospel category too.


Conductor Mat Wright said the competition proved just how good BYC is.


"I know they're good, but I can't be a fair judge of just how brilliant they are. To get two gold diplomas from the judges is just incredible.


"Every single person in the choir has worked so hard for this, and has dedicated so much time to attending rehearsals and practising at home.


"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the people who donated towards the trip, their support has been amazing."


The Chronicle sent reporter Alison Burkinshaw to Latvia with the choir. Read her special report in Friday's paper.

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Posted by Lynn Maloney I Wed 23rd Jul 2014 at 4:52pm

These young people are incredible as are the MDs, volunteers and other supporters. They deserved their success at the choir games and I wish them more for the future.

Posted by Yvonne worsley I Wed 23rd Jul 2014 at 8:51pm

These kids are an absolute credit to Barnsley. These are ordinary young people doing extraordinary things and are a credit to their parents , Barnsley Youth Choir and the Town.

Posted by Diane Walker I Wed 23rd Jul 2014 at 10:42pm

I am not from Barnsley, but am so impressed with not only the quality of singing that these young people produce, but their attitude and dedication, that I gladly will do an over 3 hour round trip to see them perform. The team, led by Mat Wright, are passionate about the opportunities they want these young people to have and the results in Riga are absolutely deserved.

Posted by Dawn Bamford I Thu 24th Jul 2014 at 9:10am

A massive congratulations to all involved with this trip to the world choir games. All the hard work has paid off! I'm proud to be a patron of the choir and proud they represent Barnsley.

Posted by Paul Chambers I Fri 25th Jul 2014 at 3:23pm

Barnsley youth choir are amazing great ambassadors of Barnsley and Yorkshire. They show true commitment and hard work. They barnsley people should support them fully. Well done guys your a real credit to the young people if Barnsley.

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