West Sussex Music Appoints Sarah Forbes as Director of the West Sussex Youth Choirs

FRI 16 NOV 2018

West Sussex Music has announced the appointment of Sarah Forbes as Director of the West Sussex Youth Choirs, in a move which will bring new opportunities for young voices, across the county.

The West Sussex Youth Choir offers talented singers from 13 to 18 years old access to singing tuition and performance opportunities which are designed to give them the skills they need to become outstanding choral singers, whilst also developing good vocal technique, exploring musical expression and enhancing communication and creativity. This strategic appointment marks a new chapter for a choir that has already established itself as the leading youth choir in the district.

“This key appointment comes at an exciting stage in the West Sussex Youth Choir’s development and I am delighted to welcome Sarah to the team. West Sussex Music has an enviable reputation for its range of high-quality singing projects in schools and I know Sarah, and our other specialist singing practitioners, will be nurturing the existing talent as well as creating inspiring opportunities for the next generation of choristers.” Said James Underwood, Chief Executive of West Sussex Music

A classically trained singer, Sarah has performed in both opera and oratorio. She has her own company creating opera for young audiences and is currently touring ‘Over the Moon - a first opera for little people’ to theatres across the country. Sarah is an experienced choral conductor and specialises in training young voices, having worked with London Youth Choir, Finchley Children’s Music Group and Trinity College of Music Juniors, as well as performing with London Symphony Orchestra in their education concerts at The Barbican.

“Everything I do is underpinned by a genuine passion for music and a belief that there’s a singer within us all. Classical music is life enhancing, inspiring and I’m excited to be joining an organisation that shares this belief and works hard to ensure that musical opportunities are accessible to all. I would love nothing more than for young singers to come to our choir and fall in love with choral music.” Said Sarah Forbes.

Sarah is marking her appointment with an invitation for new members to join the choir as part of a project which will see them learning and performing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man - Choral Suite. The Youth Choir will meet weekly from Saturday 5 January 2019 at The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham and the project will culminate with a performance at St Mary’s Church in Horsham on 30th March 2019.

“This is an exciting opportunity for young singers with no prior experience of choral singing to get a taste for the West Sussex Youth Choir and develop their musicianship skills, while meeting like- minded young musicians and having fun along the way.” She adds.

Entry into this exciting project is by either audition or nomination from a singing teacher or school Head of Music. Some ability to read music is an advantage but more important is a passion for singing and a willingness to learn from those around you. Apply here to book your place before Monday 10 December. Alternatively, email

Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes