BARNSLEY Youth Choir is officially the seventh best choir in the world.

The choir has moved up the official world rankings from eighth to seventh.

The choir is the only British choir in the top ten of the latest Interkultur world rankings published last week, under the pop, jazz, gospel, spiritual and barbershop choirs category.

Musical director Mat Wright said: “It’s fantastic and we’re very proud. It doesn’t make a difference to the work we’re doing, it doesn’t change anything, but it does draw world attention to the choir, and to Barnsley, in a really positive way. And it gives a real credibility to the work we’re doing.”