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We're extending an open invitation to people and businesses across West Sussex to participate in a county-wide game of Musical Chairs in order to help equip our young musicians with chairs specifically designed for orchestral use. 

This initiative aims to provide members of the West Sussex Youth Orchestra, who are based at The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham, with 100 chairs that have been specifically designed with the performance, comfort and well-being of the musician in mind. These musicians' chairs will provide optimal support and flexibility, whilst promoting easier breathing and freedom of movement.  

“Since most of our ensemble musicians spend their time rehearsing and performing while seated, the chair becomes a crucial piece of equipment.” Explains West Sussex Music Chief Executive, James Underwood. “The chairs we currently use were never intended for musicians and as such don’t promote the proper alignment or freedom of motion necessary for prolonged periods of orchestral use.  It would be fantastic to be able to equip our young musicians, and future generations, with chairs that support them better and allow them to get the most from their abilities.”

£200 will purchase a chair and it is hoped that some donors may wish to fund more than one; perhaps an entire section of the orchestra! Donors can also have a plaque for the chair with their name on it.  The chairs will be used not only by West Sussex Youth Orchestra, and other Horsham Music Centre ensembles, but also by Horsham Symphony Orchestra and the National Children’s Orchestra, both of which are also now based at Horsham Music Centre. Chairs can be bought by individuals, businesses or collectively by groups of donors. 

So, donate here and participate in the only game of musical chairs where people are encouraged to add a chair, not take it away!

  1. Music For All 
  2. Peter and Karen Burgess
  3. The College of Richard Collyer