Will you join us in playing West Sussex Musical Chairs?

Ella Bidmead, Lydia Palmer, Ciara Corrigan-Margetts
Ella Bidmead, Lydia Palmer, Ciara Corrigan-Margetts

Let us introduce to you the only game of musical chairs where people are encouraged to add a chair - not to take one away.

It’s the brainchild of West Sussex Music and will support – quite literally – young musicians from across the county.

Archie Russell-Weeks, Matthew Luk and   Chloe Anthony

Archie Russell-Weeks, Matthew Luk and Chloe Anthony

The charity is looking to equip members of the West Sussex Youth Orchestra with 100 chairs specifically designed for orchestral use.

“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.”

Ella Bidmead, Tiani Ngbokota, Ciara Corrigan-Margetts'

Ella Bidmead, Tiani Ngbokota, Ciara Corrigan-Margetts'

For donations of £200 or more, the chair can have a plaque with the donor’s name. Perhaps you are a company that would like to show your commitment to the community and would like it recognised or were you once in the West Sussex Youth Orchestra and would like to give something back.

The chairs will be used not only by West Sussex Youth Orchestra, but also by Horsham Symphony Orchestra and the National Children’s Orchestra, both of which are now based at Horsham Music Centre, at the College of Richard Collyer. Chairs can be bought by individuals, businesses or collectively by groups of donors.

l Visit www.westsussex
music.co.uk to make a donation and help support the county’s young musicians.