The concept for the 1000 voice choir began in a charity based in Cardiff South Wales. The Hybu (a Welsh word for Promoting, supporting, facilitating) 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). The charity then supports the young people to work in disadvantaged areas to provide activities and events for the benefit of those communities. >
The unusual thing about the Hybu charity is that it allows the members of its Hybu Pobl Ifanc (Promoting Young People) programme to design all the activities, evens and fundraising activities themselves.
In 2011 they created the concept of a 1000 voice choir of young people aged 8-23, accompanied by an orchestra of young people aged 18-23. They worked hard raising funds to make their idea a reality.
It has now evolved from a concert to show as famous faces have joined the choir on the stage however the stars of the show are the young people
In 2017 the celebrities involved were so overwhelmed by the event and benefit to the young people involved that they suggested the core team take the event to other towns and cities so that another 1000 young people could have the incredible experience. So it has now transformed in the Beyond Words tour.
The initial idea was two venues but this has now grown to 5 in 2019.
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.”