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Community Choirs in West Sussex

West Sussex Sings Update Autumn 2021

After a year of Zoom rehearsals, in-person choir sessions led by Emily Barden have resumed this September. 


In response to Covid, and to keep us safe, numbers at each session are restricted and hence prior booking has been essential, and hence you can only attend if your booking has been confirmed.


Just 3 choirs are running: Bellacapella, Valley Voices and Petworth Voices, but some choirs have two sessions making 5 sessions a week, with a total of 150 spaces available. 



Bellacapella @ Eastergate Village Hall:                Monday 4.45 – 5.45pm and 6-7pm

Petworth Voices @ Duncton Village Hall:            Thursday 4.30 – 5.30pm and 5.45 – 6.45pm

Valley Voices @ Oakwood School (Theatre):      Thursday 7.30 – 8.30pm


For information about spaces at the above choir sessions please email as follows:-

For Bellacapella please email: Lizzie Smart -

For Valley Voices please email: Sue Martin -

For Petworth Voices please email

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About West Sussex Sings

Community Choirs are a great way to get involved with music, whatever level of experience you have.  Singing with other people is not only a lot of fun; it is scientifically proven to be good for you!  It lowers stress levels, helps improve breathing, increases memory function, increases confidence and is a great way to meet other people.

The emphasis is on singing for the sheer joy of it in a mutually supportive atmosphere that naturally evolves, where those with more confidence give support to those with less, who in turn become more confident. You’ll be amazed at the fantastic and musical sound a Community Choir can make!

Our Community Choirs welcome singers of all abilities, there are no auditions and songs are usually taught by ear. The repertoire is hugely varied, from traditional African call and response songs to gospel and soul tunes, right through to contemporary chart hits.

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You'll Never Walk Alone - Virtual Choir

This uplifting video is a collaboration between all the West Sussex Sings Choirs, Chichester Festival Theatre singing group and a choir in Northumberland.

Videos and recordings from choir members have been combined by Emily to create this video with a message so appropriate to current times.

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March On - Virtual Choir

This uplifting song, written by Emily, is based on lyrics supplied by members of West Sussex Sings Choirs and reflect feelings from the months of lockdown we have endured during this pandemic.

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Time Well Spent - Virtual Choir

This song has strong links to West Sussex. The original melody was written in 1788 by Wolfgang Mozart but was later appeared in the 1982 edition of "A Sussex Tune Book" in which it is ascribed to Michael Turner who was clerk and sexton of the Parish of Warnham from 1830 to 1880. The title, "Time Well Spent", used by Emily as inspiration for the lyrics, can be found on signs welcoming visitors to the West Sussex town of Horsham.

Chior members seen in this video are from all the West Sussex Sings Choirs and a choir in Northumberland.


The lyrics and arrangement are by Emily Barden

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