West Sussex Music is delighted to announce the first of the schools who will be taking part in Here, Our Song, a songwriting project for The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, in partnership with Horsham District Schools, Horsham District Council, Emily Barden and sponsored by Berkeley Homes.
A unique creative project, the Here, Our Song songbook will be collaboratively written by, about and for Horsham District primary school children. Forming a cultural legacy, the content for the songbook will be created by children across the region during a series of school workshops with West Sussex Music project partner Emily Barden. The inclusion of the songs in the songbook will ensure that they are sung and enjoyed, for many years to come. This resource will be made freely available to all Horsham District primary schools by the end of 2019.
All Saints CE Primary School in Horsham, Castlewood Primary School in Southwater, North Heath Community Primary School in Horsham, Northolmes Junior School in Horsham, Steyning Primary School and Upper Beeding Primary School will be the first of the schools to work on this exciting project; with workshops beginning in the summer term. West Sussex Music received applications from primary schools across the Horsham district, and the successful participating schools were selected by a panel from Horsham District Council and West Sussex Music. There will be a further opportunity for other schools to take part in this project and details will follow shortly.
“Singing is at the very core of music-making and personal expression. West Sussex Music already works with 280 schools across the county through its Singing Strategy – giving opportunities for schools to come together and perform through our programme of singing events. The “Here, Our Song” songbook project is an exciting chance for children in the District to create a lasting legacy of original songs for future generations of pupils.” James Underwood, Chief Executive, West Sussex Music.
“Our whole school loves singing. It is what we do every day as a school: central to our daily worship as a community, as a teaching tool for learning and remembering phonics and sounds, on the playground in our games, and in our music lessons. We are uplifted by the gift singing brings, enjoy making music together and sharing it with others. We are delighted to be part of this exciting project.” Susan Costa, All Saints CE Primary School.
“There are so many wonderful activities and events that have been organised throughout the year to celebrate culture and heritage within our district. To be part of this celebration is a privilege and reinforces Upper Beeding’s commitment to music and how we can make a difference within the wider community.” Corrine Wellby, Upper Beeding Primary School.
About the Horsham District Year of Culture: The aim of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 is to raise the profile of culture and heritage within the Horsham district, with a focused programme of events across 2019 which will be supported by residents and visitors and will leave a cultural legacy for the district, which can be enjoyed, long after 2019. The Year of Culture is being sponsored by Horsham District Council, working in partnership with advisors comprising arts patrons, existing festival organisers and representatives from education, local businesses and the community.
About West Sussex Music: 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 tuition, and advice and support for schools as well as a comprehensive range of musical activities at its five Music Centres. 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 nearly 60 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.