HORSHAM has its very own anthem as the winner of Song For Horsham was announced this week, while the hunt is on to find a volunteer choir to perform it.
Ben Chambers, 26, from The Comptons, beat off strong competition from around the district to take the honours with an original composition entitled “Horsham Town”.
The song will be performed by a specially assembled volunteer choir in order to raise £20,000 for the Horsham 100 fundraising campaign later this month.
He said: “I feel honoured one of my songs was chosen to represent Horsham town. It’s for a great cause and I’m looking forward to performing with a choir.”
The song was chosen by an expert judging panel consisting of Voice From the Coalshed founder Kaytie Harding, Dame Vera Lynn, County Times news editor Theo Cronin, Tanbridge House School headteacher Jules White and Year 10 music student Will Thomas.
Kaytie said: “In our wildest dreams we had no idea we would get so many high quality entries. The creativity shown has been amazing.
“Ben is a deserved winner though, and his song was the unanimous choice of the judges. It is of professional quality and would not be out of place in the charts. Now our attention is turning to assembling a choir worthy of singing such a fantastic song.”
Members of the Song for Horsham team have been out and about in the town drumming up budding choristers.
No singing experience is necessary to join the choir as full training is being given by expert voice coach Kaytie during a series of midweek rehearsal sessions.
The choir, which will perform the new song at a special town centre event on May 26, aims to raise £20,000 for the Horsham 100 campaign, which is raising funds for Five Oaks-based Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Prominent Horsham businesses Courtney Green and Covers have already agreed support it to the tune of £10,000 and it is hoped a further £10,000 will be raised in sponsorship.
Peter Sutton, Horsham 100 co-founder, added: “When we launched Horsham 100 we always knew that it would be a big challenge, but we are now on the home run.”
“What we really need is 100 people to come and sing in the Horsham 100 Choir and to each raise £100. That way we will have achieved an incredible goal – raising £100,000 for the Dame Vera Lynn Trust is just one year. Now that’s something to be enormously proud of.”
Anyone interested in taking part in the choir should email Kaytie at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up to Horsham’s First Spontaneous Choir Facebook page.