Search starts for rousing anthem for Horsham

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THE HORSHAM 100 club is calling all budding musicians old and young to join a competition to write an anthem for the town and district.

As part of the County Times Horsham is Great campaign, the group has teamed up with local singing experts Voice From The Coalshed to develop a rousing anthem fit for the town in the 21st Century.

Authors and poets from around the Horsham area are being invited to submit their ideas for lyrics, or an inspirational poem, which really bang the drum for all that is good about the town.

Musicians are also being encouraged to send in their song suggestions.

An expert panel of judges has been assembled to select the best of these entries and the winning entry will be professionally arranged into a full-blown anthem before being performed by a specially selected choir made up of 100 Horsham volunteers.

The project will create a dedicated song which can be proudly played at town celebrations and civic events.

At the same time, organisers hope to raise funds for the Horsham 100 charity.

Kaytie Harding from Voice From The Coalshed, said: “This is a tremendously exciting project which will create an anthem that the people of Horsham can be proud to sing for years to come.

“We are looking for as many different contributions as possible. The style of the song can be anything people want, as long as it can be sung by large groups of people.

“It must have the potential to be a stirring and integral part of Horsham events – a bit like the national anthem at major sporting events.”

Once the judges have chosen the lyrics and music to be used in the Song for Horsham, Kaytie and her team will bring together and train a volunteer choir of 100 people to perform the song at an unveiling ceremony in the town centre in May.

The song will also be recorded for future generations to use.

All funds raised will go towards this year’s Horsham 100 charity The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Peter Sutton, joint Horsham 100 co-founder alongside Tanbridge House School, said: “Those of us who live and work in the Horsham area know what a fabulous place it is and the town deserves an anthem which celebrates this fact.”

All words and music for the new song need to be original and should not exceed two minutes in length. Lyrics can be submitted by email to songforhorsham@horsham100.co.uk

Audio clips and finished works can also be submitted in MP3 or MP4 format, either by email to the above address or on CD to Song for Horsham, c/o PMW, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billinghurst, West Sussex RH14 9HP.

Closing date for entries is Friday April 27 and the winning song will be performed by the choir in Horsham town centre on Saturday May 26. For more information or queries call Tracie Carter at PMW Communications on 01403 783 400 extension 220.