Sea Folk Sing (2018)

Sea Folk Sing is an Ideas Test and SparkedEcho choral production that explores North Kent’s maritime and folklore history through singing. It involves the creation of 4 new choirs, two new choral works informed by the experiences of local people, and a series of premiere public performances in Gravesham, Medway and Swale in 2018 and 2019. Each choir and choir leader will be supported by Artistic Director, Tania Holland-Williams.


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I have been commissioned to compose the first choral work, which will explore themes of reconciliation and WW1. In the coming months, local people will be invited to a series of workshops in Rochester, Gravesend, Sheerness and Sittingbourne, to share and discuss stories and photos from WW1. Their stories will be used to inspire the creation of the work. are kindly supporting the project by providing additional wartime photos and stories.


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As November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, the first choral work work will premiere in November, in venues and public outdoor spaces across Gravesham, Medway and Swale (performance dates TBA). I will be creating the work in the coming months, during which the workshops will take place, 4 choirs will be formed, and rehearsals will take place. If you would like to participate in the workshops, or sing in the choir, please visit: Ideas Test.






Sea Folk Sing is an Ideas Test and SparkedEcho production, funded by Arts Council England, The Baring Foundation, Optivo and Kent County Council.

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