AMBITIOUS plans to give a permanent home to the world-renowned Barnsley Youth Choir have taken a step closer - after a long-term lease for a town centre building to become its base was agreed.
The Northern Academy for Vocal Excellence (NAVE) - which will occupy the council’s former Computer Centre on the corner of St Mary’s Place and Westgate and become a home for the choir - was given a 75-year lease by ruling cabinet members following a behind-closed-doors meeting.
It was built in 1879 and was previously the town’s courthouse until 1970 when Barnsley Magistrates’ Court opened.
Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “We’re pleased cabinet has been able to take another step towards the creation of the Northern Academy for Vocal Excellence by granting a 75-year lease.
“The NAVE will deliver outstanding singing tuition to young people here in the centre of Barnsley.
“It will also provide a permanent home to the world-renowned Barnsley Youth Choir - we’re incredibly proud to have such an admired, beloved and respected organisation here in the town.”