Get involved

Do you want to get involved in our exciting shows?

Here’s what to do – whether you’re looking to add your school to the choir, or you are wanting some of your sixth form to be on the team organising the event.

Be in the choir

We work with local schools, colleges, and universities to acquire our 1,000 voices for each venue. We require choir members to be 8 and over and up to university age. If any of your pupils have special needs, please do tell us on registration. It will not prohibit them from being involved, but it will help us with our overall planning.

There is no cost for participation in the choir. The only cost to schools is the cost of travel to two rehearsals and the event itself. Each child will be given a t-shirt at the performance which they can keep as a thank you for of all their hard work.

Once a school or college is registered, they receive an information pack detailing everything they need to know.

Primary schools receive a CD of a piano playing the music, a CD of someone singing the part their school will be singing, a PDF of the words, and sheet music.

High schools receive sheet music, separate copies and CD recordings for each part in their choir. One of the Beyond Words team visits each school to answer questions and meet the staff and pupils involved and to give information from the Musical Director and Director.

Register as soon as you can because although we are looking for a 1,000 young people for the choir, spaces do get taken very quickly.

Join the team

Beyond Words #HitTheRightNote builds a local team of young people aged 16 to 18 for each of our shows. We have a training package, Hybu Pobl Ifanc (which is delivered in English) that will teach the skills necessary to set up and run a professional showbiz event, to work together effectively as a team, and to ensure the concert runs smoothly.

All Hybu Pobl Ifanc are trained by us and are entrusted with a large amount of responsibility. From the crew ensuring each choir member gets to the right place at the right time, to working directly with the management crew, to working front of house greeting the audience – there’s lots to do!

If you’re interested in gaining valuable skills and being part of an exciting event, contact us for more information. You just need to be between the ages 16-18 and living in one of the cities the show will be taking place in.

Changing Lives

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

One of the children said “I thought I was the sort of girl that nothing special would never happen to, but now it has I am so happy I can’t speak”
Teacher
Primary School, Cardiff
It’s the 3rd one that I’ve attended, and they keep on getting better and better! Keep up the great work and please keep us involved. We’ll take part every year if you like!
Head Teacher
Pen-Y-Fai Primary School, Bridgend
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 I also learnt more about myself. I know now if I believe in myself, and my team, anything can happen.
Keeley Thomas
POBL IFANC MEMBER
At the end of the last event, a young man who had been playing the cello in the orchestra was going back to his room to collect his things when a boy from the choir stopped him in the corridor and asked him about the instrument. The boy said, “I’m going to learn to play something now as I really really want to do it after seeing the orchestra today”.
Gill James
BEYOND WORDS FOUNDER

Hitting the right note to transform lives

Beyond Words #HitTheRightNote is the name chosen as it captures the indescribable nature of the event– there are no words which can do the unforgettable experience justice.

It is an arena tour which produces high quality performances by local young people who will be performing alongside world renowned artists. For our 2020 tour, we are thrilled that Paul Zerdin, ventriloquist, comedian and winner of America’s Got Talent 2015 will join us for the second consecutive year.

At its heart is a big ambition. We want to provide young people with life-changing opportunities and experiences.

We support them in discovering new things about themselves and others, and in becoming the best versions of themselves.

Our young people come from schools, colleges, and universities from all areas and are from many different backgrounds. Because we want to offer this opportunity to as many as possible, there is no participation fee cost for schools.

Beyond Words #Hit the right note:

Our Vision

It is our vision to enable young people to discover new things about themselves, by providing the opportunity to take part in unforgettable events. We want to encourage every young person to dream big and support them in achieving these dreams.

Our Mission

  • To value every individual involved in all our shows and activities;
  • To develop well-being in the individual through singing and the performing arts;
  • To widen horizons by providing new opportunities;
  • To provide the opportunity to develop skills and talents;
  • To encourage team-work, organisational skills, and creativity;
  • To trust young people to fly to the moon and find their way back.

Who are our professionals?

Musical Director

Matthew Brind is an international Composer, Arranger and Conductor. His work spans Film, Radio, Television, Theatre, Pop and Concerts. He has worked with various orchestras including BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and various session orchestras in London, Los Angeles and New York. He is Arranger / Orchestrator for the hit TV shows: X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent and was Musical Director / Arranger for the BBC’s primetime entertainment show “Tonight’s the Night”. Matthew is Musical Director for John Barrowman and is arranger for platinum selling music producer, Graham Stack. Recently Matthew has been involved in the movie Paddington 2 as arranger and music producer. Matthew has also composed numerous musicals, most notably, Only the Brave, which ran at the Wales Millennium Centre in 2016 and 2019.

Consultant Director

Andy Smith has directed and taught theatre world-wide for the past 30 years, working across Europe in countries such as Malta and Hungary, and in the USA. Among his many productions is a 1000-voice opera. His experience allows us to achieve a high standard of performance.

Beyond Words Production Team

A team that brings the concept into reality, from supporting the schools and colleges that are involved to training the team of young supporters. These young people: work with the production team to create a smooth, slick operation, work front of house to ensure the audience have everything they need to enjoy the evening, and of course work with the members of the choir to ensure they have an unforgettable experience.

Paul Zerdin

Paul Zerdin is a ventriloquist and comedian and is also the winner of America’s Got Talent 2015. Most recently, Paul returned to The London Palladium pantomime in Snow White, having also starred in the 2017 Olivier Award-winning Dick Whittington at The London Palladium. He took a Las Vegas residency at the legendary Planet Hollywood with his hit show Mouthing Off and toured the UK with All Mouth in 2017. Straight after the Puppet Party Tour this Autumn, Paul returns to The London Palladium in Goldilocks for the 2019 Christmas season.

Our History

The concept for the 1,000-voice choir began with a charity, based in Cardiff and Newport, South Wales. The Hybu (a Welsh word meaning promote, support and facilitate) charity, based in Cardiff and Newport, trains young people aged 16- 18 years of age in volunteering, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. These young people are a team known as Hybu Pobl Ifanc (welsh for Promoting Young People), who are then supported by the charity to work in disadvantaged areas, providing activities and events for the benefit of those communities.

One unique aspect of the Hybu charity is that it allows the members of its Hybu Pobl Ifanc programme to design all the activities, evens and fundraising activities themselves.

In 2011, they created the concept of a 1,000-voice choir of young people aged 8-23, accompanied by an orchestra of young people aged 18-23. They showed incredible determination, going above and beyond to raise the funds needed to make their idea a reality.

It has now evolved into a true spectacle, with internationally renowned entertainers and professionals joining the choir on stage and the choir itself never failing to surpass expectations.

In 2017, the celebrities involved were so overwhelmed by the event, and its benefits to the young people, that they suggested the core team take the event to other towns and cities so that more young people could enjoy the incredible experience. This is why it has now been transformed into the Beyond Words tour.

The initial idea was two venues, but this has now grown to five in 2020.
The Board of the Hybu charity have requested that Hybu Côr Community Interest Company (Promoting Choirs) a non-profit making company develop this project Hybu’s founder, Gill James, says: “We’ve seen a huge transformation in the confidence of the young people who take part in the choirs and orchestras.”

“The experience is an amazing one for them. To be involved in such a professional event opens their eyes to what they can achieve.”
“For the young people who organise the events, the skills they develop go on to have lasting impacts on their careers and lives.”

“This is far from being about one concert on one night. The process changes the outlook and prospects of the thousands of young people involved in every event for years to come.”