Here! Our Song

THU 23 APR 2020

Last year, local singer/songwriter and West Sussex Music Hub Project Partner, Emily Barden worked with a number of local schools on a unique songwriting project for the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019. 

Encouraged to reflect on their school, its locality and its history,  pupils worked together with Emily to create a series of truly collaborative songs, which each serve to highlight a different aspect of Horsham District’s culture and heritage, as seen through the eyes of its children. 

The result of the Here! Our Song project is a collection of original songs written by, about and for Horsham District primary school children.  Their eventual inclusion in a printed songbook will form a cultural legacy that can be enjoyed, for many years to come. 

Whilst the official launch of the project and the songbook have been delayed, we thought it would be great to share one of these songs with you now.  This uplifting song, written by Emily, is very fitting for the situation we currently find ourselves in and is called ‘Time Well Spent’

Listen to the song here

Download the score here

We'd love to hear you singing a snippet of the song – tweet us or tag us on social @westsussexmusic or send your video clips to

We’ll be sharing more songs over the next few weeks so watch this space!

This is a West Sussex Music Hub partnership project with Horsham District Schools, Horsham District Council, Emily Barden and sponsored by Berkeley Homes. 

Participating schools: All Saints CE Primary School, Castlewood Primary School, Farlington School, North Heath Community Primary School, Northolmes Junior School, Steyning Primary School and Upper Beeding Primary School

Here! Our Song is a unique songwriting project for the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.