West Sussex Music County Ensembles

About the County Ensembles 

The West Sussex Music County Ensembles, which include the West Sussex Youth Orchestra, West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra, West Sussex Youth Choir and the West Sussex Youth Big Band, offer advanced musicians and vocalists the chance to make music together at the highest level, as well as providing a clear progression route through to national youth ensembles and music conservatoires. 

The 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 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. 

Entry into the County Ensembles is by audition only and musicians should have reached the required grades. Email for more information. The County Ensembles meet on Saturdays, during term time, at The College of Richard Collyer, in Horsham.

West Sussex Youth Orchestra

        Strings - Grade 6+

        Woodwind  - Grade 7+ 

West Sussex Youth Wind Orchestra - Grade 6+

West Sussex Youth Big Band – Grade 6+

West Sussex Youth Choir – Grade 5+

 The West Sussex Youth Choir

Lead by Musical Director, Sarah Forbes, 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.

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

Related Documents 

CLICK HERE for the Concert and Rehearsal Schedule, 2018-2019 



string ensemble, violin, viola, cello


"Being a member of the choir has been a brilliant experience, whether it’s going on tour to places like Germany and Belgium, or just getting together to sing with other people. Everyone is so nice and I've made so many friends. I would definitely recommend auditioning to anyone."

Katie Appleton, member of The West Sussex Youth Choir.