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Changing the key for thousands of young lives – one unforgettable concert at a time

The sound of a choir can stop you in your tracks. Think of how wonderful 1,000 young voices, combined with experienced musicians and entertainers, would sound. Imagine the untapped young talent in your community unleashed on stage.

That’s the powerful experience of Beyond Words.

The extraordinary concert showcases 1,000 voices in one life-changing experience for all. The choir consists of local young people aged between 8 and 23, supported by a team of local young people, aged between 16 and 18, who design, organise and manage the event.

The teenagers involved in the organisation are trained using our Hybu Pobl Ifanc Programme, which is Welsh for Promoting Young People. The training (which is delivered in English) helps to enhance the leadership, volunteering and entrepreneurial skills of the young people. We also have stage and musical professionals to support the choir and teachers.

We work closely with local schools, colleges and universities and purposefully feature people from a variety of backgrounds in our events. Each participant is welcomed into the Beyond Words family and their journey with us allows music, friendship and a new found confidence to impact their everyday lives and help with their future career paths.

We ensure high levels of professionalism and pizzazz. In previous years our choir and orchestra have performed alongside household names such as Lee Mead and other stars of Casualty, Holby City and the West End. For our 2020 shows we are thrilled to welcome back America’s Got Talent (2015) winner, ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin.

After six hugely successful shows in Cardiff, we are now aiming to give young people in England the same opportunity.

Now, we’re planning a five-date tour of the UK in some of the best arenas in Britain. Will you join us on the exciting journey?

In 2020, Beyond Words #HitTheRight Note will be returning to Cardiff and also adding dates in Derby, Liverpool, Newcastle and London. Our ambition is to provide a life-changing opportunity for 5,000 more young people across England next year.

Changing Lives

We have a large number of stories about the impact of being involved in this event here are just a few…

This unique event has allowed our pupils to gain insight into the world of performing at an early age. It has opened their eyes to exciting possibilities! I would highly recommend any school to take part!
Head Teacher
Adamsdown Primary School, Cardiff
My staff came back from the rehearsal in tears as the children had had such a wonderful time. We are in an area of severe deprivation so many children never leave the village. After the concert itself three of the children recorded in their diaries that - it had been the best day of their lives.
Head Teacher
Trinant Primary School Caerphilly Borough
I couldn’t believe I was given so much responsibility and was able to take such a lead and make decisions during the concert event. I learnt so much about working with people and the joy of giving others a good time but the thing I learnt more about myself. I know now if I believe in myself, and my team, anything can happen.
Pobl Ifanc Member
Keeley Thomas
Our pupils and families had a unique experience that will be treasured and never forgotten. It was a privilege to see those participants relishing the experiences. I must also say that Matthew is an absolute genius Musical Director.
Head Teacher
Bodringallt Primary, Ystrad Rhondda