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Fire Destroys BYC Music

Fire Destroys BYC Music


After a devastating fire at its rehearsal venue, The Berwick Youth Choir has established a fund to enable the choir to continue serving the young people in the Casey region.

Police continue to investigate the suspicious blaze at the Berwick Old Cheese Factory last week, which destroyed our choir’s sheet-music collection, uniforms, teaching material and instruments.

The Old Cheese Factory has been our rehearsal and storage home for over two years. We are very saddened to have lost our teaching resources worth an estimated 50K along with the heritage-listed Chapel in which our choir practices each week.

CFA spokeswoman Kayla Maskell said fire crews from Berwick, Hallam and Narre Warren took 20 minutes to control the blaze when they arrived at 4.40am last Wednesday to find the Chapel o fire.

We are relieved that there were no injuries, or that the blaze did not spread further into residential surrounds.n

The choir’s leadership team will be working closely with the Casey Council to recover our loss and find a suitable rehearsal venue. Already we have been inundated with offers of community support and concern.

Money donated to the special fund will help to reestablish our music collection and operational equipment.

The BYC family is grateful for all the support and care extended to it by the local community during this difficult time.

Director Rebecca Frew, Choir Captain Sarah Paton and chorister Brendan Carson.