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Emily Barden - West Sussex Sings

Song writing
Massed singing
Big Sing
CPD training
Term times
After school
School holidays
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Education & training

Emily trained at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) gaining a BA (Hons) Music specialising in singing and songwriting. After several years gigging and touring in various bands and choirs, Emily moved to West Sussex and has been working with West Sussex Music in a variety of ways since 2009. Emily is delighted to have become an official West Sussex Music Hub Partner in 2022.

ABRSM Grade 8 Singing

ABRSM Grade 8 Piano

Emily also plays acoustic guitar and ukulele

Skills & experience

Emily currently works with a variety of organisations, including Sing Up, Trinity College, BrittenPears Arts, West Sussex Music, Ensemble Reza, and many Music Education Hubs around the country. She runs workshops and courses for singers, composition and song-writing teaching training CPD sessions, leads choirs, Big Sings and project manages events. Emily is always happy to have a creative conversation about devising workshops, collaborative projects and developing events with you.

Emily also leads several adult Community Choirs under the umbrella of West Sussex Sings and works with international companies Roche Diagnostics and AstraZeneca, creating and leading their workplace choirs, directing and producing virtual choir videos for both organisations.

In her role as a published songwriter, Emily has written many original contemporary songs for young people and community choirs including the Sing Up Day anthems for several years which have been performed by over 400,000 people around the world. She was the composer and workshop leader for 2020’s Celebration finale piece at Snape Maltings, working with 1400 young musicians, and is repeating this honour in 2022.

In her most recent work with West Sussex Music Emily is one of the workshop leaders for Orchestras Inc.  working with all the SEND schools in the county delivering a combination of online sessions and in person workshops.

One half of Umbria in Harmony, providing singing holidays in Italy and Northumberland,  Emily remains a performer in her own right, and regularly fronts her own original music project at gigs and festivals.



Many thanks for a hugely inspiring vocal workshop yesterday; we will be following-up with the boys who attended and putting ‘next steps’ in place. …….. We are still buzzing. Many, many thanks.    Head of Music at Tanbridge House School

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