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Worthing Sings Live, West Sussex Music, 27 Feb 2024
Worthing Sings Live, West Sussex Music, 27 Feb 2024

West Sussex Sings Live! 

More than 420 young people took part in an incredible choral project recently that saw three public performances and numerous workshops across West Sussex. These wonderful performance opportunities brought students together for an afternoon of rehearsals, followed by a concert for family and friends to attend. 

West Sussex Sings Live! organised by music charity West Sussex Music, was a huge project that involved 16 secondary schools and colleges from across the county performing at Worthing’s Assembly Hall, The Hawth in Crawley, and Horsham’s Drill Hall to a combined audience of 690. 

The massed choir was joined by bands from Northbrook College, Collyer’s, Oathall Community College, and St. Wilfrid’s Catholic School that accompanied the singers as well as having opportunities to showcase their own songs. 

This year’s theme was One World, One Voice and the concerts featured four songs for massed choir; Green Green Grass by George Ezra; It’s All Right by Curtis Mayfield from the Disney film “Soul”; Something to Say by Emily Barden, and the première of a vocal body percussion piece Breathe (One World, One Voice) by Ollie Tunmer & Emily Barden. Alongside this, the concerts featured performances by each of the participating schools’ choirs. 

James Underwood, Chief Executive for West Sussex Music, said:  

“The Sings Live! events are so special because they give young people the opportunity to come together and perform in as a massed choir at a professional venue; often for the first time to a live audience. Experiences like this are an ideal way to build confidence and enjoy the sense of joy and camaraderie that comes with choral singing.”  

David Skipp, Chairman of Horsham District Council, added: 

“I was delighted to join the audience at Horsham Sings Live! at our historic Drill Hall. It was wonderful see the building filled with the joyful sound of so many young people making music together. I commend all the music teachers in schools that prepared their students for the performance, the head teachers for recognising the value of events like these, and Rachel Maby and Emily Barden from West Sussex Music for their infectious enthusiasm and inspirational leadership of the event.”    

West Sussex Sings Live! Is an annual programme of events, however there are many other ways children and young people can get involved in singing across West Sussex; visit the website here for more information about West Sussex Youth Choirs that run on Saturdays during term time. 

During the summer term West Sussex Music will be running its massed singing projects for primary schools: Little Big Sings, for Key Stage 1 and Big Sings for Key Stage 2.

Visit here for more information. 


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