Grant hits the right note

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11th December 2015


 EnRich grants hit the right note

Local musician Emma Prince is celebrating an early Christmas present thanks to Barnsley’s EnRich Charity. Emma, 17, has successfully auditioned for a second year playing Double Bass for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYOGB).

It is thought that Emma from Silkstone Common was the first ever young person from Barnsley to be offered a place in the Orchestra last year when EnRich helped her with a grant to cover half the cost of travel and accommodation. This year she has been given the responsibility of being a String Leader. She will spend the Christmas period rehearsing at Goldsmiths University, London, preparing for concerts in the New Year including one at Leeds Town Hall on January 2nd, 2016. The NYOGB is the most prestigious youth orchestra for 15 to 19-year-olds in the UK and hundreds of young musicians compete to win a place every year.

EnRich has also been able to support a number of other talented artistes in the town thanks to all those who have helped the Charity raise funds. It was able to sponsor six members of Barnsley Youth Choir to allow them to compete in the European Choir Games in Magdeburg during the Summer.

Following the Games Musical Director Mat Wright said:  “After only two competitions BYC is ranked 8th in the world in its category and 43 in the world out of thousands of choirs across all styles and genres. BYC actually beat the choir ranked third best in the world during the Grand Prix competition in Magdeburg.

“Without help from the incredible people of Barnsley – such as those supporting EnRich Charity – we could not have been on this amazing and inspiring journey.”

Penistone’s Toby Burton and Cortonwood’s Jessica Bell are two other creative talents EnRich is pleased to be able to support.

Toby is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter who released his debut EP, “Tales of a Hopeless Romantic” to critical acclaim in November 2014 reaching #80 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts overnight. Now studying at the University of Huddersfield he started off on YouTube like many other singers and gigs at venues such as The Plug and O2 Academy Sheffield has kick-started his career locally.

Toby said: “The grant I’ve received from EnRich is great, it has helped me buy some equipment to support my career development and university studies.” Toby has performed at large festivals such as Coalfields and his debut at “Underneath the Stars Festival” in Cawthorne in July 2015 was very well received. He said: “It was amazing to be part of such a fantastic line-up, it was the biggest crowd I have ever played to.”

“Underneath The Stars” also benefitted from a grant to help provide family craft activities during the three-day festival. Lots of fun was had by children of all ages and festival organiser Emma Holling said: “EnRich’s contribution was really appreciated, thank you”.

 Jessica Bell of Black Swan Performance Academy in Cortonwood told EnRich about her passion that dance should be for everyone. After appearing on Channel 4’s “Big Ballet” as the Black Swan in Wayne Sleep’s production of Swan Lake she decided to share her passion with children and adults alike. When her main hired venue faced closure due to required maintenance Jess set about raising funds to keep the space open and to improve it for her dancers. EnRich was pleased to support her with a grant to allow her to further develop her dream that dance is for everyone and anyone – regardless of age, size or shape.

Jess said: “Thanks to EnRich I was able to provide mirrors for our studio which we had never had before. It gives the place a professional feel and all my dancers love it – thank you. We are already planning a Charity event in March 2016 to help EnRich to support others”.

Chair of Trustees Josie Whiteley said: “It is a real privilege to be able to support Barnsley’s creative life with grants towards equipment and resources or life-changing experiences. We are very proud that during our first year we have raised enough money to be able to support a total of 12 individuals as well as a Festival”.

All the money raised enables EnRich to help performing arts and creative arts activities in the town by offering financial support. Anyone studying or living in Barnsley can apply to the Charity to request support and should email in the first instance with an outline of their idea.

– EnRich was set up in memory of Richard Tolson – “Rich T” – who was the Head of Music and Performing Arts at Barnsley College until his death in September 2013.


Notes to editors

Enquiries to: Chair of Trustees Josie Whiteley on 07718123402 or

Photographs attached: of Emma Prince. Toby Burton, Jessica Bell and Barnsley Youth Choir.

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