Sponsorship and donations enable Yorkshire Bach Choir to continue to promote concerts of the very highest standards. Part of this is meeting the ever-increasing costs of performing with world-class orchestral instrumentalists. If you, or anyone you know of, would like to make a donation or to sponsor Yorkshire Bach Choir, we should be very pleased to hear from you.

Celia Burgan takes centre stage
© David Rose Photography 2010

A very generous donation by Mrs Celia M Burgan enabled YBC to make a recording of Bach B minor Mass with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists during April 2010. The recording was released in August 2011 by Signum Records.

Mrs Burgan is seen here standing by the harpsichord at the end of the final recording session.

timpani bought with support of two trusts
© David Rose Photography 2010

Support from The RM Burton Charitable Trust and The Audrey & Stanley Burton Charitable Trust facilitated the purchase of a pair of custom-made baroque timpani which made their ‘debut’ in the December 2007 concert.

Yorkshire Bach Choir acknowledges with grateful thanks the financial support of the following:

Tuition Bursaries

Yorkshire Bach Choir is delighted to be able to support University students with their singing studies with funds generously provided by the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the R M Burton Charitable Trust.

The purpose of the donations is to enable Yorkshire Bach Choir to make bursaries available to help promising members of the choir who are not eligible for funded singing lessons through their chosen course of study to be given that opportunity.

Three of the students who have benefited from a YBC Bursary explain in their own words how the award has benefited them.

Fabienne Brooksbank

To have the support of such funding is invaluable, as doing an MA is not only costly but timely, especially as a part-time student. I am grateful to Yorkshire Bach Choir and its sponsors the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust for the generous bursary of £450 which I have used to pay for singing lessons at the University of York. The lessons have been invaluable in helping me develop an understanding of performance styles, as well as advancing my singing technique. My self confidence as a performer has increased and I have performed several solo roles with the choir.

Jonathan Hanley

Jonathan Handley, bursary beneficiary

As an historian, the funding with which the Yorkshire Bach Choir is able to provide me has made it possible to pursue another great passion of mine whilst at university. My singing lessons have not only prepared me for 'step-out' solo work for the professional quality of concerts which the choir performs, but also expanded my repertoire, increased my knowledge of historically informed performance and singing technique as well as enabling me to appear as a soloist for other choirs around the country. Furthermore, it helped me to secure a post as the tenor choral scholar at York Minster for my final year. The contribution has been infinitely beneficial for me and I thank the choir and trusts warmly for their support.

Sarah Holland

Sarah Holland

I would like to convey my sincere thanks to the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the R M Burton Charitable Trust for the bursary with which I was awarded by the Yorkshire Bach Choir. Studying as a mature student is financially difficult and so being given access to regular lessons was greatly appreciated. As a result of being granted this award, I have been exposed to invaluable training and experience. Thanks to this and the regular performance opportunities within the choir, I believe I have improved as a performer, and also as an interpreter of music overall. Speaking now as a current member of the Yorkshire Bach Choir, I can also see the positive effect these bursaries have on the choir as a whole as our individual members grow as solo and ensemble performers.

To enquire about sponsorship or making a donation or bequest please contact the Chairman<andrewjackson@adj.karoo.co.uk>