Chichester Sings Live 2019 hits all the right notes with BBC South Today

MON 28 JAN 2019

Bringing together pupils from primary and secondary schools across the Chichester area, West Sussex Music’s Chichester Sings Live event, which was held at Chichester Festival Theatre on the evening of 17th January, saw 300 children unite as one massed choir to hit not only the notes but also the headlines, as the event was covered by BBC South Today. 

Local singer/songwriter and West Sussex Music Project Partner, Emily Barden, put the children and BBC South Today presenter Sam Fraser through their vocal paces in preparation for an event which would see them perform an uplifting repertoire which included Celebrate by Kool and the Gang alongside a traditional gospel tune, Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm and music from Coldplay. The event was part of West Sussex Music’s wider singing strategy which aims to enable access for as many children as possible to large-scale events and enriching vocal opportunities.

“Everyone has a song that is special to them, and this event was about exploring the power of song, in an upbeat, positive and celebratory way.” Explains Judith Finlay, Leader for School Engagement, West Sussex Music. “It was also a fantastic opportunity for the pupils of Chichester to join together and sing in a professional setting, with a live band and conducted by an inspiring choral specialist. Having the BBC film the event only added to the children’s excitement and helped to make it an experience that I’m sure they’ll never forget.”