The Horsham-based charity, West Sussex Music, is 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 its young musicians with chairs specifically designed for orchestral use.
The only game of musical chairs where people are encouraged to add a chair, not take it away, the 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; providing optimal support and flexibility, as well as 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.” Explained 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 now based at Horsham Music Centre. Chairs can be bought by individuals, businesses or collectively by groups of donors. Visit www.westsussexmusic.co.uk to make a donation and help support the county’s young musicians.
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 www.westsussexmusic.co.uk.