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County Ensemble Summer Concert Success

County Ensemble Summer Concert FRI 21 JUL 2017

The West Sussex Music County Ensembles wow audiences in their Summer Concert

Westdene Fund for Outstanding Musicians in Sussex

sussex community foundation FRI 16 JUN 2017

Applications open for Westdene fund, providing outstanding musicians an opportunity to develop their musical development.

Bespoke courses for Brass and Percussion players.

MON 12 JUN 2017

The Brass Academy present their bespoke Summer Courses for 2017.

African Drumming coming to Chichester Music Centre

Djembe Drumming MON 05 JUN 2017

African Drumming lessons are coming to Chichester Music Centre

CONCERT: Sun, Sea & Stars at the Chichester Cathedral

Sun Sea & Stars WED 31 MAY 2017

A special concert in the Chichester Cathedral presented by Honeysuckle Weeks

Applications open for NYO 2018

NYO 2018 TUE 16 MAY 2017

Could a teenage musician from your area be playing in NYO 2018?

Jazz Music Workshop at Farlington School

TUE 11 APR 2017

Jazz Workshops open to instrumentalists Grade 3 or above.

RCM - Festival of Percussion 2017

RCM Festival of Percussion THU 06 APR 2017

Royal College of Music - Festival of Percussion - Sunday 7th May

Music Centre 'Taster' Days

County Ensemble members pose TUE 04 APR 2017

Free 'taster' sessions at Music Centres

Music Centre Open Days, Saturday 1 April 2017

TUE 28 MAR 2017

Music Centres open their doors to families with young musicians who may enjoy and benefit from music centre activities.

Littlehampton Youth Get Chance to Showcase their Musical Talent

Littlehampton Sounds TUE 28 MAR 2017

Join us for the celebration event that marks the end of an exciting partnership between Rhythmix and West Sussex Music. Join us for the celebration event that marks the end of an exciting partnership between Rhythmix and West Sussex Music. The event, called Littlehampton Sounds, will present music from the best young vocal artists, bands, producers and beatmakers in the Littlehampton area and will take place on the 1st of April, from 7-10pm at The Windmill Entertainment Centre (Windmill Road, L

One-day Music Festival Announced In Horsham

Big Gig Poster TUE 28 MAR 2017

The Big Gig: Horsham Tribute Music Festival, this summer on Sat 24th June 2017

Music Matters Worthing! FREE Family Workshops

Spring into Soul WED 01 MAR 2017

FREE family workshops at Worthing Music Centre. Bollywood, Tabla and Gospel Choir.

Westdene Fund for Outstanding Musicians in Sussex

Westdene Flyer TUE 28 FEB 2017

Applications open for the Westdene Fund for musicians in Sussex

National Youth Jazz Collective - Summer School

NYJO FLYER THU 16 FEB 2017

Applications open for exciting Summer School incorporating a wide range if styles and instrumentations.

Mid Sussex Sinfonia Concert - 12 February 2017

SUN 05 FEB 2017
BY ANGELA KIRSTEN

Mid Sussex Sinfonia Concert - 12 February 2017

Over 800 Worthing school children attend special Orchestral Performance

Schools Concert - WSO and Student audience WED 01 FEB 2017

Worthing Symphony Orchestra provide special concert for Worthing Schools

The orchestra helping stroke victims recover.

MON 23 JAN 2017

Strokestra, a pioneering collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Hull integrated community stroke service uses group music-making to drive recovery in stroke survivors.

Rock Academy at Northbrook College

Rock Academy THU 15 DEC 2016

West Sussex Music hand over Rock Academy programme to Northbrook College

Worthing Symphony Orchestra - Battle of the Somme Concert

Battle of the Somme TUE 08 NOV 2016

Worthing Symphony Orchestra commemorate the Battle of the Somme in special concert.

Havant Symphony Orchestra featuring Shiry Rashkovsky

Havant Symphony Orchestra Flyer MON 07 NOV 2016

Havant Symphony Orchestra perform William Walton's Viola Concerto featuring soloist Shiry Rashkovsky

Westdene Fund for Outstanding Musicians in Sussex

Brass TUE 01 NOV 2016

Applications open for Westdene Fund

THE WEST SUSSEX YOUTH MUSIC AWARDS - GRADE 8 + APPLY NOW!

Trumpet MON 31 OCT 2016

West Sussex Youth Music Awards 2017

Berlin Philharmonic arrives at Crawley Secondary School to rehearse chamber music!

Leaders of Berlin Phil rehearse chamber music at Holy Tinity School Crawley on Friday 21 October 2016 FRI 21 OCT 2016

Berlin Philharmonic arrives at Crawley Secondary School to rehearse chamber music

Worthing Music and Arts Festival 2017

Worthing Music and Arts Festival logo THU 22 SEP 2016

Provisional Dates and Syllabus released for the 2017 Worthing Music and Arts Festival

Amici Concerts Presents - The Queen's Six

Amici Concert Flyer TUE 20 SEP 2016

Amici Concerts Presents - The Queen's Six. One of the most exciting vocal groups makes their Chichester debut.

Are you a talented musician in Sussex?

MON 08 AUG 2016

Are you a talented musician in Sussex? The Westdene Fund at the Sussex Community Foundation offers grants of up to £800 to talented musicians aged 16-25.

See The Spinettes & Matthew Goodgame on Sunday 7th August 2016 - 7pm at Angmering Village Hall

WED 03 AUG 2016

See The Spinettes & Matthew Goodgame on Sunday 7th August 2016 7pm at Angmering Village Hall

Supporters fundraising for County Ensembles Tour

Jan Hill and friends MON 04 JUL 2016

Supporters come together to raise money for upcoming County Ensembles tour.

Acoustic features Chris Eaton.

Acoustic Magazine FRI 10 JUN 2016

Lead Teacher for Guitar, Chris Eaton, talks about bottleneck slide technique in this months issue of Acoustic.

Petworth Summer Festival 2016

The Play's the Thing MON 06 JUN 2016

Come July, the annual Petworth Festival will come to life with an exciting line up of exceptional artists from across the genres

Worthing Youth String ensemble perform for the new Mayor of Worthing.

Worthing Youth String Ensemble FRI 27 MAY 2016

Worthing Youth String ensemble perform at the new Mayor of Worthing's Inauguration Dinner.

Kidenza presents Carnival of the Animals

Carnival of the Animals logo TUE 24 MAY 2016

Kidenza concerts are suitable for all family. They are fun, interactive, educational and never, ever stuffy!

Amici Concert presents The Diva and The Fiddler

The Diva and The Fiddler TUE 17 MAY 2016

Amici Concerts presents The Diva and the Fiddler. Diana Jacklin and Hartmut Ometzberger are the only violin/voice duo in the world.Their programme will transport you into a world of Italian and American music, through rarely performed Verdi songs, favourites of Paolo Tosti, English Folksongs by Rebecca Clarke as well as original works composed for them by Jennie Gottschalk and Jean-Christophe Rosaz.

Change of venue for this week's Petworth Community Choir

TUE 19 APR 2016

Petworth Community Choir are rehearsing at Sylvia Beaufoy centre this week (21 April, 2016); Thursday 6pm – 7pm.

Ex-music centre member James Buckham to present concert: Side by Side w/The Giorgos Pafitis Organ Trio

TUE 05 APR 2016
BY JAMES BUCKHAM

Following the success of the first Side by Side concert at Emmanuel URC, Worthing, James Buckham is excited to announce a second concert (16th April) in the series with THE GIORGOS PAFITIS ORGAN TRIO.

Youth Big Band Course at Northbrook College

Saxophones and Brass section MON 04 APR 2016

Students take part in a three day Big Band Course working with industry professionals.

County Ensemble Vacancies

woodwind, flute, oboe, saxophone, clarinet FRI 18 MAR 2016

Are you a Grade 6+ musician? Looking for a new challenge? The County Ensembles are looking for new members!

Performing at the Arun Youth Community Awards

County Ensemble members THU 17 MAR 2016

Students from the West Sussex Music County Ensembles perform at the Arun Youth Community Awards.

Horsham Performers Platform 2016

TUE 08 MAR 2016

The syllabus for Horsham Performers Platform 2016 is now available online at www.horsham-performers-platform.co.uk

Early Music in Boxgrove Priory

TUE 08 MAR 2016
BY JOSIE DIXON

On 7th May Cambridge Renaissance Voices will be giving a concert of Tudor sacred music in the beautiful setting of Boxgrove Priory near Chichester.

Introducing - Jack McDougal

Jack McDougal Saxophone 3 FRI 12 FEB 2016

Introducing our first Alumni member, Jack McDougal!

Ensemble Reza: Warming winter concerts!

Ensemble Reza's London Debut THU 28 JAN 2016

We have some lovely concerts to help you through the 'winter blues'. So do come and join us either in Cuckfield or at our London debut in February.

Sussex-based folk group, Cotillion, releases new CD. 'A Sussex Medley'.

A Sussex Medley   CD Front THU 03 DEC 2015
BY ALAN WHEELER

This very unusual CD presents extracts from the three folk shows, 'A Sussex Calendar',' A Sussex Christmas', and 'The Last Trip Home'. It is a mixture of songs, tunes, local poetry and various sayings and rural sounds.

Sussex Symphony Orchestra presents a Christmas Concert

Sussex Symphony Orchestra presents a Christmas Concert TUE 01 DEC 2015

Join the Sussex Symphony Orchestra with special guests soprano Helen Hardwick and BBC's Alistair Appleton, for an evening of music that’s guaranteed to put you in a festive mood. Be sure to book your tickets for a evening of everything that’s magical about Christmas.

Professional Development Opportunities

THU 26 NOV 2015

Led by West Sussex Music Lead Teachers and external speakers, we are pleased to offer - for the first time - professional development opportunities for instrumental, vocal and classroom music teachers.

The Coro Nuovo Young Musician Bursary

The Coro Nuovo Bursary Logo WED 25 NOV 2015

Coro Nuovo offers an annual bursary to a young talented Sussex musician aged 17 to 25 who is about to go to, or is currently studying at a recognised music Conservatoire.

The West Sussex Youth Music Awards - Grade 8 + apply now!

WED 25 NOV 2015

Here is a brilliant opportunity for young musicians that are at Grade 8 or above to take part in the West Sussex Youth Music Awards. Applications need to be made by Monday 7 December for a first round on Sunday 17 January and the final is on Sunday 20 March at 3pm. The winner will receive £400 and the other four finalists will receive £250 each to put towards their musical studies. See the attachments for further details on how to apply.

Kidenza Christmas Concert

WED 25 NOV 2015

Kidenza, FUN classical concerts for kids, are putting on a wonderful Christmas concert for children in Horsham on December the 12th. The show is written and devised by the amazing Steve Dummer and the lovely Stevie Higgins. Well worth a trip out with the kids and plenty of audience participation to get you into the Christmas spirit. Details on the attached flyer.

Haywards Heath Music Centre will be opening on Saturday mornings at Oathall Community College

Oathall Community College Logo MON 09 NOV 2015

Haywards Heath Music Centre is pleased to announce a new Centre based at Oathall Community College on Saturday mornings. We are delighted to be able to use the facilities at Oathall to provide a venue for ensembles and instrumental lessons.

Worthing Philharmonic Afternoon Concert

MON 09 NOV 2015
BY ELIZABETH LUPTON

This Sunday (15th November) sees the annual Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra Winter Concert at the Assembly Hall in Worthing.

A Sussex Calendar - The Folk Show

WED 04 NOV 2015
BY ALAN WHEELER

The folk group, Cotillion, that performs folk shows; themed evenings of local folk music, poetry etc, is to perform 'A Sussex Calendar' at The Unitarian Church, Horsham, start time 7 pm. on the 14th Nov. All welcome.

Part of this year's Petworth Festival Literary Weekend is the 'Wonderland' Winter Concert

Winter Concert MON 26 OCT 2015

‘Wonderlandʼ is a brand new project created by pianist Ashley Wass and violinist Matthew Trusler which both celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and raises money for the Lenny Trusler Childrenʼs Foundation (http://www.ltcf.co.uk), a charitable trust dedicated to providing relief from suffering and illness for very sick babies and children.

Petworth Festival Literary Weekend line-up includes Classic FM presenter John Suchet on his new book - The Last Waltz

John Suchet: The Last Waltz MON 26 OCT 2015

Classic FM presenter John Suchet will be joining us to talk about his new book - The Last Waltz - a biography of the Strauss dynasty on Wednesday 4 November at 4.30pm.

Bassoon Bonanza!

International Bassoon Day MON 05 OCT 2015

To coincide with a series of events across the globe to mark the first International Bassoon Day, West Sussex Music is holding its own

Free 'Worthing Live' Workshops at Worthing Music Centre

Worthing Live Logo TUE 22 SEP 2015

Free 'Worthing Live' Workshops at Worthing Music Centre

Hanover Band's Battle of Waterloo Project

Hanover Band's Battle of Waterloo Project MON 29 JUN 2015

To mark the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, players from the Hanover Band worked with young musicians from West Sussex in an intensive two-day course at Chichester University.

The 10 Pieces Virtual Choir launches today, Fri 5th June BBC Music Day.

10 pieces FRI 05 JUN 2015

Over the last few months West Sussex Music have coordinated a project with 20 local schools and West Sussex Youth Choir creating the West Sussex 10 Pieces Virtual Choir.

The Chilingirian Quartet Summer School

The Chilingirian Quartet Summer School THU 21 MAY 2015

19 – 25 July 2015 - Mentoring and coaching for string quartets with the internationally renowned Chilingirian Quartet.

Valley Voices and VOCES 8

VOCES8 TUE 19 MAY 2015

West Sussex Music community choir Valley Voices and West Sussex County Youth Choir and their families were lucky enough to spend the day with renowned acapella ensemble VOCES 8

West Sussex Voices at CHORUS Festival, Southbank Centre

TUE 19 MAY 2015

Bellacapella, Valley Voices and Petworth Voices unite in song at London’s Southbank Centre

Join the National Youth Orchestra

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britian MON 18 MAY 2015

Join the National Youth Orchestra. If you are aged 13-18, play at Grade 8 distinction level, and are totally committed to music… The world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers needs you.

Are you a talented musician in Sussex?

Sussex Community Foundation MON 18 MAY 2015

The Westdene Fund at the Sussex Community Foundation offers grants of up to £800 to talented musicians aged 16– 25

Petworth Festival Performances

Advanced Performers Course THU 14 MAY 2015

West Sussex Musicians once again take part in the prestigious Petworth Festival. This year our pupils are involved with three distinct and exciting events.

West Sussex Music ensembles selected to perform at the finals of the prestigious National Festival

County Music Centre THU 14 MAY 2015

West Sussex Music ensembles selected to perform at prestigious National Festival

Chichester Youth Brass Band to Perform with the Symphonic Brass of London

THU 14 MAY 2015

Chichester Youth Brass Band performs with the Symphonic Brass of London

Secret Shore

Secret Shore MON 11 MAY 2015

Discover local folklore and history, and learn traditional coastal songs.

New School or College for September 2015?

FRI 08 MAY 2015

Please let us know which school or college your child will be moving to from September 2015

Vote for us!

Vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund FRI 08 MAY 2015

Please lend us your support by voting for us in the Aviva Community Fund.

Amici Concert

Amici Concert TUE 05 MAY 2015

Amici Concerts Presents Mesmerising Strings Duo Bogdan Vacarescu and Heidi Parsons

Get In 2 Woodwind and Brass Course

TUE 05 MAY 2015

This workshop is designed to inspire young musicians in the early stages of their learning.

Learn to Play Guitar or Ukulele

SAT 21 MAR 2015

Learn to play guitar or ukulele on Saturday 21 March 2015. A drop in event at the Chichester Music Centre for children of all ages.

National Sing Up Day

WED 18 MAR 2015

National Sing Up Day is on March 18th this year and is a celebration of great singing in schools.

Crawley Young Muscian's Festival

SAT 14 MAR 2015

On Saturday 14 March 2015 we have a new solo performance opportunity for instrumentalists and singers of grade 3 and above

West Sussex Music pupils to join Hanover Band in special performance

The Hanover Band MON 26 JAN 2015

Chance for West Sussex Music pupils to join the Hanover Band in performance

Exciting LSO opportunity for Grade 8+ Woodwind players

Young West Sussex Music flautist enjoys County Youth Orchestra rehearsal WED 07 JAN 2015

Exciting LSO opportunity for Grade 8+ woodwind players

Tune in your radio on Christmas Eve

TUE 16 DEC 2014

Listen to Valley Voices and Petworth Voices on Christmas Eve

Ukulele Orchestras - News Flash!

FRI 21 NOV 2014

A new Ukulele Orchestra starting in January 2015

West Sussex Music leads as BBC champion

WED 19 NOV 2014

West Sussex Music recognised by the BBC as a Ten Pieces champion

Grants of up to £800 for talented young musicians in Sussex - apply before 9 January 2015

Westdene poster WED 12 NOV 2014

Westdene fund promotion

Come and Sing with Apollo5 (In aid of Prostate Cancer UK and West Sussex Music)

Come and Sing poster WED 12 NOV 2014

Come and Sing with Apollo5 (In aid of Prostate Cancer UK and West Sussex Music)

Ensemble Reza Concert 29 November at Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield

Ensemble Reza TUE 11 NOV 2014

Ensemble Reza Concert 29 November at Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield

West Sussex Music and the BBC 10 Pieces

TUE 04 NOV 2014

West Sussex Music have played host to a series of film screenings and workshops

Worthing Music Centre replacement date published

FRI 24 OCT 2014

Additional date added to Worthing Music Centre calendar

Sunday 16 November, 6.00pm - 7.00pm - Andrew Gant - Christmas Carols at the Petworth Literary Festival

Petworth Literary Weekend TUE 21 OCT 2014

Sunday 16 November, 6.00pm - 7.00pm - Andrew Gant - Christmas Carols at the Petworth Literary Festival

Horsham Music Centre will be closed on 3 & 4 November 2014

MON 20 OCT 2014

Music Centre closed 3 & 4 November 2014

London Cello Society event on Sunday 19 October

Cello Day FRI 10 OCT 2014

Following the huge success of the first Adventures with my Cello event, the London Cello Society is hosting a second event on Sunday 19th October for cellists from grade 1-4, called A Day at the Seaside.

Legendary brass group plays first date in the south, 50% off tickets for all music students

James Shepherd Versatile Brass poster WED 08 OCT 2014

Legendary brass group plays first date in the south

Yolanda Brown ticket offer - £10 a ticket (usually £15.50)

Yolanda Brown WED 01 OCT 2014

Yolanda Brown ticket offer - £10 a ticket (usually £15.50)

Regain your poise. Discounted Alexander Technique consultation for all West Sussex Music families £30 (Usually £40)

Alexander technique lesson Carey Braham WED 01 OCT 2014

Discounted Alexander Technique lessons

Future Talent - apply for funding for talented young musicians

Award Scheme.2 MON 29 SEP 2014

Future Talent - apply for funding for talented young musicians

Southern Pro Musica announce dates for popular Children's Concerts

Southern Pro Musica Children's Concert logo WED 17 SEP 2014

Southern Pro Musica announce dates for popular Children's Concerts

Musical training 'can improve language and reading'

TUE 09 SEP 2014

Musical training 'can improve language and reading'

Arun Chairman's Charity Race Day

WED 20 AUG 2014

Come and join the Arun Chairman's Charity Race Day on 22 October 2014

West Sussex Music and Hawthorns First School Edwardian Celebration

Hawthorns Edwardian Day with Melody Pryce MON 04 AUG 2014

West Sussex Music and Hawthorns First School Edwardian Celebration

Uplifting Songs of Africa

Zimbe - Emily Conducts TUE 22 JUL 2014

Thumbs up for Zimbe

New home for Worthing Music Centre this September

New Home for Worthing Music Centre MON 21 JUL 2014

New home for Worthing Music Centre

West Sussex Music helps to raise money for Chloe

Chloe's concert poster TUE 15 JUL 2014

West Sussex Music helps to raise money for Chloe

West Sussex Music pupil wins special award

Jonathan Duncumb with his viola TUE 15 JUL 2014

West Sussex Music pupil wins special award

West Sussex Music joins EggsFest - 9 July 2014

FRI 20 JUN 2014

West Sussex Music joins EggsFest 2014

Build an Opera Course, 11 - 15 August 2014 - 10% discount for West Sussex Music Pupils

Build an Opera Course Flyer THU 12 JUN 2014

West Sussex Music pupils get a 10% on the Build an Opera course

Nigel Kennedy announced as West Sussex Music honorary patron

Nigel Kennedy - West Sussex Music honorary patron MON 02 JUN 2014

Nigel Kennedy announced as West Sussex Music honorary patron

Royal Opera House Orchestra Opportunity

FRI 30 MAY 2014

Spend a day playing with members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

Community Choirs Festival listings!

Bellacapella Community Choir performing at Arundel Festival 2013 THU 22 MAY 2014
BY EMILY BARDEN

West Sussex Music Community Choirs

East Grinstead Schools are singing in harmony

THU 22 MAY 2014
BY EMILY BARDEN

East Grinstead Schools are singing in harmony

West Sussex Music is BBC Champion

West Sussex County Youth Orchestra viola section THU 15 MAY 2014

West Sussex Music becomes a BBC Ten Pieces champion

Crawley Music Centre Summer Time Afternoon Tea Presentation

WED 14 MAY 2014

Youth String Orchestra and Youth Bands are planning an informal presentation

Horsham Music Centre Rehearsals Cancelled, Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 March

Urgent News MON 24 MAR 2014

Horsham Music Centre Concert Rehearsals Cancelled

ZIMBE! Come and Sing the Songs of Africa

WED 19 MAR 2014

Come and Sing the Songs of Africa

Spring Recital - Flute & Cello

SAT 15 MAR 2014
BY BENJAMIN COPEMAN

Spring Flute and Cello Recital in Fernhurst

The National Partnership Awards

National Partnership Awards 27.01.2014 THU 06 MAR 2014

County Youth Orchestra performing in the Royal Festival Hall

Petworth Community Choir

FRI 13 DEC 2013

Petworth gains a community choir

Winning entries of this year’s Spirit FM Xmas factor

THU 12 DEC 2013

Winners of Xmas Factor Announced

Songs for Now and Then - Britten's Centenary in West Sussex

FRI 22 NOV 2013

West Sussex Music and Ardingly College join forces to perform Britten's Friday Afternoons

Worthing and Shoreham Music Centre update

THU 21 NOV 2013

Worthing & Shorham music center update

Emily judges XMas Factor on Spirit FM

THU 21 NOV 2013

Emily Barden is chosen as a judge on Spirit FM's Xmas factor

Celebrate Britten’s centenary with West Sussex’s most forward thinking project

WED 20 NOV 2013
BY EMILY BARDEN

Celebrate Britten’s centenary with West Sussex’s most forward thinking project

New Community Choir for Petworth!

Bellacapella Community Choir performing at Arundel Festival 2013 WED 20 NOV 2013
BY EMILY BARDEN

New Community Choir for Petworth!

Welcome to West Sussex Music

James Underwood WED 23 OCT 2013

The arrival of West Sussex Music marks a new and exciting chapter in a county which has an unrivalled reputation and a long tradition in making music.

Our Journey to Becoming a Trust

Team Group Photo WED 23 OCT 2013

With funding for music education reducing and a more competitive music teaching environment, West Sussex County Council has ensured the continued future of the Music Service by removing local authority control.

Essential Information and Contact Details

West Sussex Music a violin WED 23 OCT 2013

You've probably got a lot of questions about the new-look West Sussex Music. View our responses to your Frequently Asked Questions.