We're gearing up for a BIG Weekend!

FRI 31 JAN 2020

This inspiring event will give young musicians an opportunity to make music together, on a grand scale! 

If you are a grade 1 to 6 string, woodwind, brass or percussion player who would like the opportunity to play as part of an orchestra, then our Big Weekend is the event for you.  

We will be hosting two days of music-making at Worthing Assembly Hall on Saturday 28 March (strings) and Sunday 29 March (woodwind, brass & percussion), each ending with a concert performance alongside the award-winning County Ensembles. This free-of-charge opportunity is an open invitation to all players of orchestral instruments to come along and join forces with West Sussex Music’s own young musicians and enjoy making music together on a grand scale! 

Saturday 28th March is for bowed strings and will feature a Junior String Orchestra (grades 1-3) and Youth String Orchestra (grades 4-6). Both orchestras will perform separately before joining forces with senior wind, brass and percussion players from West Sussex Youth Orchestra to perform the concert grand finale as a truly symphonic orchestra. Sunday 29th March is for wind, brass and percussion players and will feature a Junior Concert Band (grade 1-3) and Youth Concert Band (grade 4-6). Both bands will perform separately before combining with West Sussex Music’s highest achieving concert band, West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra to perform the grand finale.

“The Big Weekend really is a wonderful opportunity for the enthusiastic young musicians to experience the thrill of playing alongside peers, as part of a large ensemble and to get a taste of what’s on offer at music centres across the county.” Explains West Sussex Music’s David Bennett. “Making music with others provides higher levels of fulfilment and achievement and is incredibly affirming and confidence-building. A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to give it a try.”

For more information and to apply for your your place at the Big Weekend click here.


This inspiring event will give young musicians an opportunity to make music together, on a grand scale!

The Big Weekend is sponsored by MHA Carpenter Box