Join West Sussex Music in a Celebration of Young Musical Talent

MON 26 NOV 2018

West Sussex Music is inviting the public to join in a seasonal celebration of young musical talent at a series of Winter Concerts which promise to be highlights of the festive calendar.  On Saturday 1st December, concerts at Chichester High School, the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham and Bohunt School Worthing will showcase the talents of Chichester, Horsham and Worthing Music Centre students respectively, while West Sussex’s outstanding young musicians will come together on the 8th to perform at Worthing Assembly Hall as part of the County Ensembles Winter Concert.

In Chichester on the 1st at 12:00, Chichester Youth String Orchestra, Chichester Acoustic Guitar Ensemble, Chichester Beginner String Orchestra, Chichester Junior & Youth Choirs, Chichester Junior String Orchestra and Chichester Rock ‘n’ Pop Group will be performing as part of the ‘Strings & Singers’ concert. The repertoire to be performed includes ‘Ashokan Farewell’, ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman, as well as a grand finale featuring all ensembles performing together. At 14:30, the Chichester Youth Concert Band, Chichester Junior Woodwind Ensemble, Chichester Junior Percussion Ensemble, Chichester Junior Concert Band, Chichester Youth Percussion Ensemble and Chichester Youth Jazz Band will perform popular songs such as ‘The Pink Panther meets Batman’ and the theme from James Bond in the ‘Winds & Percussion’ concert, before performing all together. Tickets for either performance are £6 and £2.50 for concessions and will be available on the door from 11:30 and 14:00 on the day.

The Horsham Music Centre Winter Concert will feature the Horsham Junior String Orchestra, Horsham Intermediate Guitar Ensemble, Horsham Intermediate Concert Band and Horsham Youth String Orchestra performing a selection of well-known classical pieces as well as popular, contemporary songs from the likes of Michael Jackson. The Horsham Elementary String Orchestra will be making its debut, performing as an ensemble for the very first time. This festive musical celebration will be held in the Sports Hall at Collyer’s College at 14:00 on Saturday 1st December. Tickets, which are £6 and £2.50 for concessions, will be available on the door from 13:30 on the day.

And, in Worthing at 11:30 on the 1st, Worthing Elementary Strings, Worthing Junior Strings, Worthing Youth Strings and Worthing Singers will be performing as part of the ‘Strings & Singers’ concert, with a grand finale featuring massed strings performing Pachelbel’s Canon. At 14:30, the Worthing Elementary, Junior, Intermediate and Youth Concert Bands, Worthing Percussion Ensemble, Worthing Youth Woodwind and a jazz element from Worthing Youth Big Band, will perform in the ‘Winds & Percussion’ concert which culminates in a grand finale featuring massed bands. Tickets for either performance are £6 and £2.50 for concessions and will be available on the door from 10:30 on the day.

Meanwhile, on the 8th December, Worthing Assembly Hall plays host to young musicians from West Sussex Music’s County Ensembles; the West Sussex Youth Orchestra, West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra and West Sussex Youth Choir, as well as West Sussex Music’s latest ensemble, the West Sussex Youth Big Band. The concert will feature a wide-ranging repertoire including Robert Sheldon’s fast paced Spontaneous Combustionwhich will be performed alongside pieces by Leonard Bernstein, John Lennon and Aaron Copland, as well as two movements from Benjamin Britten’s A ceremony of Carols.

“The County Ensemble Winter Concert really is a celebration of the best of the county’s talented youth musicians and is a fitting festive finale to a year that has already seen them perform at Lancing College, the Petworth Festival and Birmingham Symphony Hall, in addition to our usual performance programme. I am immensely proud of the special opportunities that have been arranged for our young musicians and would like to take this opportunity to thank Adam Barker and his team for their inspirational leadership, as well as our talented students for their enthusiasm and commitment.” Said West Sussex Music Chief Executive, James Underwood.

Tickets for the County Ensembles Winter Concert are priced from £7.00 and are available from the Worthing Assembly Hall box office. The performance starts at 15:00.

Every week during term time, West Sussex Music has much to offer young musicians at Music Centres across the county. Children can enjoy a whole range of musical activities including bands, choirs, orchestras as well as lessons and aural and theory classes.  The West Sussex Music Centres not only bring children together through a shared love of music but also offer a clear progression route through the Music Centres, on to the West Sussex Youth Orchestras and Choirs and beyond that to Junior Conservatoires and national ensembles. So, whatever the choice of instrument, level of competence or age, there is a suitable activity to be found; whether it’s a percussion ensemble, string orchestra, wind band, choir or guitar group. There are also classes in musicianship as well as beginner instrumental classes and groups for pre-school children.

Chichester Music Centre Winter Concert

Saturday 1 December, Chichester High School 

12:00 ‘Strings & Singers’

14:30 Winds & Percussion’

Tickets for either performance £6 & £2.50 (concessions) available on the door from 11:30 and 14:00 on the day

Horsham Music Centre Winter Concert

Saturday 1 December in the Sports Hall at Collyer’s College, 14:00

Tickets £6 & £2.50 (concessions) available ‘on the door’ from 13:30pm on the day

Worthing Music Centre Winter Concert

Saturday 1 December, Bohunt School Worthing 

11:30 ‘Strings & Singers’

14:30 Winds & Percussion’

Tickets for either performance £6 & £2.50 (concessions) available on the door from 10:30 on the day.

West Sussex Music County Ensembles Winter Concert

Saturday 8 December, Worthing Assembly Hall


Tickets £7.00 from Worthing Assembly Hall box office