Schools Announced for Unique Creative Project

FRI 26 APR 2019

West Sussex Music is delighted to announce the first of the schools who will be taking part in Here, Our Song, a songwriting project for The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, in partnership with Horsham District Schools, Horsham District Council, Emily Barden and sponsored by Berkeley Homes.

A unique creative project, the Here, Our Songsongbook will be collaboratively written by, about and for Horsham District primary school children. Forming a cultural legacy, the content for the songbook will be created by children across the region during a series of school workshops with West Sussex Music project partner Emily Barden. The inclusion of the songs in the songbook will ensure that they are sung and enjoyed, for many years to come. This resource will be made freely available to all Horsham District primary schools by the end of 2019.

All Saints CE Primary School in Horsham, Castlewood Primary School in Southwater, North Heath Community Primary School in Horsham, Northolmes Junior School in Horsham, Steyning Primary School and Upper Beeding Primary School will be the first of the schools to work on this exciting project; with workshops beginning in the summer term. West Sussex Music received applications from primary schools across the Horsham district, and the successful participating schools were selected by a panel from Horsham District Council and West Sussex Music. There will be a further opportunity for other schools to take part in this project and details will follow shortly. 

 “Singing is at the very core of music-making and personal expression. West Sussex Music already works with 280 schools across the county through its Singing Strategy – giving opportunities for schools to come together and perform through our programme of singing events. The “Here, Our Song” songbook project is an exciting chance for children in the District to create a lasting legacy of original songs for future generations of pupils.” James Underwood, Chief Executive, West Sussex Music.  

“Our whole school loves singing. It is what we do every day as a school: central to our daily worship as a community, as a teaching tool for learning and remembering phonics and sounds, on the playground in our games, and in our music lessons. We are uplifted by the gift singing brings, enjoy making music together and sharing it with others. We are delighted to be part of this exciting project.” Susan Costa, All Saints CE Primary School.

“There are so many wonderful activities and events that have been organised throughout the year to celebrate culture and heritage within our district. To be part of this celebration is a privilege and reinforces Upper Beeding’s commitment to music and how we can make a difference within the wider community.” Corrine Wellby, Upper Beeding Primary School.