The West Sussex County Ensembles perform in a variety of events at both local and national venues, participate in prestigious national music festivals and go on an overseas concert tour every two years. Alongside these prestigious performance opportunities, students benefit from learning from our specialist tutors, professional musicians and take part in a variety of exciting trips which in the past have included meeting members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Marines Band and soloists such as Nicola Benedetti. Like us on Facebook, Twitter to stay up to date with upcoming concerts and events. You can also listen to some of our concert recordings via our Soundcloud page.
The West Sussex Music County Ensembles provide advanced musicians with opportunities to develop their ensemble and performance skills through membership of one or more of the following ensembles
West Sussex Youth Orchestra
West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra - Grade 6+
West Sussex Youth Big Band – Grade 6+
West Sussex Youth Choir – Grade 5+
Email email@example.com to apply for the County Ensembles
The West Sussex Youth Choir is for talented singers from across the county in Years 9 to 13. Musical Director, Sarah Forbes, leads energetic and fast-paced sessions to equip young people with all the skills they need to become outstanding choral singers whilst also developing good vocal technique, exploring musical expression, communication and creativity.
Sarah Forbes is a classically trained singer, having 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.
Join West Sussex Youth Choir in the Spring term
to perform Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man - Choral Suite
30th March 2019, 3pm at St Mary’s, Horsham
Entry into West Sussex Youth Choir is by audition. Come along to a FREE trial session followed by an informal listening session with Sarah. Singers should be around Grade 5 standard but it is not necessary to have taken the exam. Some ability to read music is an advantage but more important is a passion for singing, a commitment to the group and a willingness to learn from those around you.
CLICK HERE to apply to audition for West Sussex Youth Choir
CLICK HERE for the Concert and Rehearsal Schedule, 2018-2019 for instrumentalists.
CLICK HERE for the Concert and Rehearsal Schedule, 2018-2019 for vocalists.
Amazingly awesome summer concert, so much hard work, talent & dedication on one stage! @WestSussexMusic - 15/07/2017
Congrats & thanks to the young musicians & @WestSussexMusic staff for today's amazing concert. You're all stars! - 15/07/2017
It was an amazing show. Well done to everyone involved. - 15/07/2017
What an amazing show. I am totally in awe of every single performance this afternoon. Huge congratulations! - 15/07/2017
A fabulous concert! Am so grateful for all the hard work and encouragement from Team West Sussex Music- thank you! West Sussex is blessed to have you guys making music with our kids - 15/07/2017
Thank you so much team WSMS. Our children are very fortunate to be part of such amazing ensembles. - 15/07/2017
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