About DYT Kids Choir
The Story So Far!
The Do Your Thing Kids Choir
Following on from the success of DYT in both Ashton-under-Lyne and Stockport, Liz wanted to share the joy of singing with the youngest members of the community and in 2019 DYT Kids Choir (DYT:KC) was born.
The primary school aged children in Stockport enjoyed weekly rehearsals and performances at Christmas time at Broadstone Mill (their debut performance) and at local Christmas festivals and markets. Word spread and the choir was being booked up for exciting events in 2020 including performances to mark VE day. However, 2020 didn’t quite work out the way they (or the world) had expected!
In March, Liz sadly had to close the doors to the group indefinitely, but this didn’t stop the fun behind the scenes! DYT Choir, including DYT:KC, continued virtually in weekly rehearsals on Zoom and the children were invited to take part in several of the fundraising music videos over lockdown.
Singing in the Rain with Jimmy Cricket
Raising funds for charity
Many of the members were in the first ever video “Proud” helping raise over £3,000 for the NHS Associated Charities. They were also featured in videos to help raise money for “The Christie Charity” and they themselves raised over £700 for MIND where they sang an original arrangement of “Tomorrow” from the Musical “Annie”.
When lockdown was lifted, the choir got back together in earnest and the fun started up once again! Liz and the choir were thrilled to be invited to switch the Christmas lights on in Heaton Moor. Hope was in abundance as the streets filled with people enjoying music together as a community once again after the darkest days.
With lockdown and covid in the rear-view mirror, in 2022 the children enjoyed an array of performances with a particular highlight being their performance in the “Evening of Hope for Ukraine” at The Albion Church, Ashton, helping raise over £3,000 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
DYT:KC singing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
DYT:KC singing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra after rehearsing at the BBC Studios the previous day.
The unexpected Christmas present though came on the 15th December when members from the DYT Kids and Youth Choir were special guest performers at the BBC Radio Manchester Christmas Concert at Dukinfield Town Hall. They had the incredible opportunity to sing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to a sold out audience with the concert being broadcast several times leading up to Christmas, including Christmas Eve.
Robin Wallington, the conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, told members of the audience that the choir were “total professionals”. He explained that they had sung at a rehearsal the previous evening at the BBC studios where the “children were not the least bit fazed and just completely fit in”. He went on to say how impressed he was when he met the children for the first time at their rehearsal in Stockport and how excited he was to work with them. He couldn’t believe how they had been able to achieve the level they had in the concert, after such a short time. Praise indeed from a conductor of a world renowned orchestra.
Events have already been booked in for 2024 including a return to the Manchester Monastery so watch this space…..