28 May Town song launched in Horsham Town Centre
Horsham shoppers were treated to the first ever public performance of the town’s new anthem on Saturday when a volunteer choir took to the bandstand in the Carfax to perform the song ‘Horsham Town’.
Singer/songwriter Ben Chambers, whose song Horsham Town was picked as the winner of the recent Song for Horsham competition, performed the song live supported by the 30 strong volunteer choir. Each volunteer is expected to have raised at least £100 in sponsorship with many raising as much as £300 for the Horsham 100 charity, which this year is supporting the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Vocal coach Kaytie Harding, founder of Voice from the Coalshed and the inspiration behind the choir, said: “I was so proud of how well the choir sang on the day. There was a great atmosphere created and the song went down really well with many of the audience taking part. This is just the beginning for Song for Horsham as we plan to make it the anthem for Horsham football, rugby and cricket clubs and for it to be sung in local schools.
Leonard Crosbie, Councillor for Horsham, said “The song is just perfect for Horsham, I am absolutely delighted with it. I hope it will be remembered by people in Horsham for years to come and that it will become well known to everyone.”
Gary Mortimer Cook, Town Centres & Events Manager commented: “I was so impressed on Saturday by the presentation of our new ‘Song for Horsham’. The winning song by Ben Chambers is, to my mind, fantastic, and the song selections/choral arrangements were truly uplifting.”
Prominent local businesses Courtney Green and Covers have been instrumental in sponsoring the choir and individual singers have also been on the fundraising trail. It is hoped that the event will raise around £20,000 and take the total amount raised by the Horsham 100 appeal past the milestone £100,000 mark.