Why are we looking for funding?
For Bloomsday 2016, the Irish Youth Chamber Choir (IYCC) will perform with the Toronto Children’s Chorus Youth Choir at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church, Toronto, Canada. Under the artistic direction of Greg Beardsell we will travel to Toronto on the 14th of June 2016 to meet, rehearse and perform with the Toronto Children’s Chorus Youth Choir on the 16th June 2016. This will be an exchange of both cultural and educational significance. We will exhibit the work of contemporary Irish composers and demonstrate the strong choral singing tradition that exists in Ireland.
As you might imagine touring to Canada is expensive and whilst we have secured significant sponsorship and also are investing our own funds, the trip is not quite fully funded. With this in mind we are looking to you to help us to bring the choir to Toronto.
Who are the Irish Youth Chamber Choir?
The members of the Irish Youth Chamber Choir are amongst Ireland's best young choral singers. We are keen to collaborate with our Canadian counterparts and to show the audience in Toronto an example of Irish choral singing and Irish choral composition. We have previously run a Fundit campaign to have our debut EP, Rise Up My Love funded. The generous support of Fundit pledges made the recording possible and we were so grateful for the opportunity. We have performed with Elbow at Electric Picnic, with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, and at the BBC Proms with the National Youth Choir and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Singing is our passion and we are all about inventive programming, heartfelt performances, and sharing the joy of choral music with as many people as possible.
Please help if you can!
The project is part funded through generous support by Culture Ireland, the choir members themselves and the Association of Irish Choirs. The project is not fully funded and the extra funding required through the Fundit campaign will go towards accommodation and subsistence of the choir members. The risk to the project is that we won't manage to fully fund it and so the extra cost will be passed on to the singers of the Irish Youth Chamber Choir. Many of us are students or young professionals and this makes it extremely important to us to try to fully fund our travel and costs for the good of the whole group.
We would like to thank you sincerely for taking the time to read about our project. We are a dedicated and driven group of young singers that are eager to represent Ireland in Canada! Please do support us if you can. Thank you again.