Southdowns Folk Festival secures funding

Southdowns Folk Festival is delighted to announce they have been awarded just under £10,000 from `Awards for All` to stage a unique `School Links Programme` as part of this year`s popular music & dance event.
Festival Chairman, Roger Nash said: `This is an excellent piece of news and will enable us to work with West Sussex Music, local primary schools and others in an exciting music programme over the next few months on the theme `Songs from the Sea`, culminating in a special Schools Concert in Bognor`s Alexandra Theatre on Saturday afternoon, 23rd September.`

Emily Barden, Leader for Singing and Projects at West Sussex Music added: `We are really excited about this new music project and very quickly, five local primary schools signed up to participate. The schools participating are: St. Mary`s Catholic Primary, Rose Green Primary, South Bersted Primary, Nyewood Juniors and Southway Primary.

The project will result in a massed choir of approximately 150 children aged 7-9 learning songs in a folk idiom, culminating in a spectacular joint performance at the School’s Concert. This experience will be at no cost to the children or schools making it a totally inclusive opportunity, and is just one example of the ways West Sussex Music help schools develop their Singing Strategies and access to high quality music making. Friends and family will be able to come to the Saturday afternoon concert for just £5 per seat and it promises to be a memorable day for everyone`.

Hazel Latus from the Regis Centre said: ` We are really looking forward to hosting our local primary schools as part of the Southdowns Folk Festival. The Alexandra Theatre is a superb venue for this type of event and we have the experience and facilities to make sure the Schools Concert is a big hit`.

Find out more about the festival on their website