About DYT Youth Choir

The Story So Far!

The Do Your Thing Youth Choir

DYT Youth Choir is the latest branch of DYT. They may be the newest members but that certainly hasn’t stopped them already having had some wonderful experiences.
Members of the newly formed Youth Choir were invited to perform at Do Your Thing’s “Evening of Hope for Ukraine” at The Albion Church, Ashton-under-Lyne. Their rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You” was the song of the night for many audience members. The event helped raise over £3,000 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and this was just the first of several fundraising events the Youth Choir were involved with.

Fundraising with the Hand Made Choir

Close up focus shot of a member of the Youth Choir performing a solo into a microphone.

In July, the choir were invited to sing and sign at Manchester Monastery alongside the Hand Made Choir, a choir from Bolton who use British Sign Language to share their love of music with their audiences. They performed an original song “Where we belong” composed by Liz Taylor and as a special surprise to audience members signed the final chorus. It was a very moving afternoon which helped raise a staggering £7,000 for the Monastery Organ appeal.

Singing in the Rain with Jimmy Cricket

Do Your Thing were invited to perform at Stockport Plaza to celebrate Jimmy Cricket’s 50 years in show business! Five members of the youth choir took to the stage to perform a version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” arranged for them for this event. They were accompanied by a small group from DYT as they made their debut of this song. For the finale, and in keeping with the raining theme, they joined DYT and sang “Singing in the Rain” in their wellies!

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Christmas Time Carols & Concerts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

December saw choir members donning their festive headwear to entertain their local community with performances at Nook and Carols in the Park at Heaton Moor Park.

An 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…..

Approximately 20 children performing for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. They are stood in front of a red curtain and a sign naming the event. In front of the children is an orchestra performing with Santa hats on, and a man facing away from the camera composing the performance.

DYT:YC singing with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra after rehearsing at the BBC Studios the previous day.