West Sussex Music County Ensembles

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN - Are you a young musician aged between 11-18 and playing at Grade 6 level or above, or a singer aged 13 to 18? If so, we would like to invite you to audition for our award-winning County Ensembles. CLICK HERE to apply.

West Sussex Young VoicesCLICK HERE to apply to audition

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 – Years 9-13
  • West Sussex Young Voices – Years 5-8

The West Sussex Young Voices

West Sussex Young Voices is a new choir for the most talented young singers across the county in Years 5 to 8. Led by Musical Director Sarah Forbes, the choir will focus on the best of SSA repertoire to nurture and champion young sopranos, altos and unbroken boys voices.

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.

Launching in September 2019, West Sussex Young Voices will rehearse Saturdays 11-12.30pm at the College of Richard Collyer, Horsham.

Workshop auditions will be held on Saturday 6th July and Saturday 13th July 11-12pm at the College of Richard Collyer, Horsham. 

We are looking for the best young voices in the county, regardless of experience.

CLICK HERE to apply to audition

 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 



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"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.