Give your child the gift of Music this New Year

Parents looking for new musical activities for their children in January should know that Horsham-based charity, West Sussex Music, has a wealth of opportunities on offer at its Horsham Music Centre which are perfect for those resolving to learn an instrument this New Year.
Beginning in January, Horsham Music Centre’s new Music Club will offer 5 to 7 year olds up to two terms of immersive, child-led music-making, designed to tap into their natural curiosity and motivation to explore sound.
“Music Club will provide a nurturing and inclusive space for learning through imitation, repetition and play,” Explained Adam Barker, West Sussex Music’s Assistant Head, “Children will be able to come and explore a wide range of cultural and musical voices, as well as traditional orchestral instruments. We hope this will provide a broad foundation for building musical skills and lead to other exciting possibilities within West Sussex Music.” Music Club will run from Saturday 5 January 10.00 – 10:45 a.m. at Horsham Music Centre which is located at The College of Richard Collyer, in Horsham.
Also starting in January, West Sussex Music’s Key2Music Beginner Classes will give 7-11 year olds the opportunity to learn the violin or the clarinet at Horsham Music Centre on Saturday mornings. Adam explained: “We know from our ensembles that children improve faster and achieve far more if they regularly practise as a group. The Key2Music beginner classes will provide a safe, social and creative outlet for musical self-expression, and all in a very affordable way.” Key2Music Beginner Classes are available for as little as £60 per term; low cost instrument hire can be added for just £20 per term.
Horsham Music Centre also has new opportunities for talented singers aged from 13 to 18 years old who are invited to apply to join the West Sussex Youth Choir as part of a project, which will see them learning and performing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man – Choral Suite. The Youth Choir will meet weekly from Saturday 5 January 2019 at Collyer’s and the project will culminate with a performance at St Mary’s Church in Horsham on 30th March 2019. “This is an exciting opportunity for young singers with no prior experience of choral singing to get a taste for the West Sussex Youth Choir and develop their musicianship skills, while meeting like-minded young musicians and having fun along the way.” Said Sarah Forbes, Director of the West Sussex Youth Choirs.
Entry into this exciting project is by either audition or nomination from a singing teacher or school Head of Music. Some ability to read music is an advantage but more important is a passion for singing and a willingness to learn from those around you. Visit and apply via the County Ensembles page to book your place. Alternatively, email for this or for any of West Sussex Music’s New Year opportunities including the Music Club and Key2Music Beginner Classes.
Every week during term time, Horsham Music Centre has much to offer young musicians. Children can enjoy a whole range of musical activities including bands, choirs, orchestras as well as lessons and aural and theory classes. The West Sussex Music Centres not only bring children together through a shared love of music but also offer a clear progression route through the Music Centres, on to the West Sussex Youth Orchestras and Choirs and beyond that to Junior Conservatoires and national ensembles. So, whatever the choice of instrument, level of competence or age, there is a suitable ensemble or band to be found; whether it’s a percussion ensemble, string orchestra, wind band, choir or guitar group. There are also classes in musicianship as well as beginner instrumental classes and groups for pre-school children.
West Sussex Music is the largest provider of high-quality music education to children and young people in West Sussex, offering vocal projects, whole-class ensemble tuition, instrumental and vocal lessons, specialist advice and support for schools as well as a comprehensive range of musical activities at its five Music Centres in Chichester, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham and Worthing.
Through its curriculum support, professional development opportunities and facilitating role, West Sussex Music builds music into the very fabric of school life; supporting schools and teachers to achieve the best possible outcomes for pupils, their families and the community. For over 50 years, West Sussex Music has supported projects that enable access to cultural opportunities for disadvantaged and disaffected young people through its strategic partnerships with other arts and cultural organisations and it plays a valued role as the Music Education Hub for West Sussex. A Not for Profit Independent Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status, West Sussex Music’s musical opportunities for children and young people are funded by income from parents, schools and the National Music Grant, administered by Arts Council England. For more information, please visit

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