Schools converge for Chichester Sings Live 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Sings Live 2019
Chichester Sings Live 2019

West Sussex Music and the schools of Chichester are combining for a special event at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Tickets are now available for Chichester Sings Live 2019 on January 17.

The show will see 300 pupils from across the Chichester area uniting as one massed choir, accompanied by a live band, to present an evening of uplifting song; bringing children from secondary and primary schools together, in harmony.

Led by singer/songwriter and West Sussex Music project partner Emily Barden, the event has been conceived as a celebration of the emotive power of songs and music, and how they are used to celebrate, worship, uplift, reflect and to dream. The event is part of West Sussex Music’s wider singing strategy which aims to enable access for as many children as possible to large-scale events and enriching vocal opportunities.

Judith Finlay, leader for school engagement, West Sussex Music, said: “Everyone has a song that is special to them, and this event is about exploring the power of song, in an upbeat, positive and celebratory way.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity for the pupils of Chichester to join together and sing in a professional setting, with a live band and conducted by an inspiring choral specialist. As they are soon to discover, the sensation of standing on stage and hearing applause is incredibly life-affirming and confidence-building and this is something we’d like all children in the county to experience.”

Tickets are available from the Chichester Festival Theatre box office at

Spokeswoman Beth Moore said: “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 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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