Sea Folk Sing 2018

A community choir singing on Queenborough bridge
Never Again performance Queenborough. Photo credit: Hope Fitzgerald

Sea Folk Sing 2018 was part of a two-year production by Ideas Test and SparkedEcho. It explored North Kent’s maritime and folklore history through singing.  

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported, sponsored and participated in the first year of Sea Folk Sing in 2018. It was fantastic to see so much collaboration across the community and the performances of ‘Never Again’ in Strood, Sheppey, Sittingbourne and Chatham were truly a triumph.

Singers standing side by side at Strood station
Photo credit: Kevin Grist from SparkedEcho


In November 27 2018 to January 31st 2019, Ideas Test ran the Sea Folk Sing exhibition at No.34 to celebrate all the hard work that went into making ‘Never Again’ a success. During the exhibition’s run we had many visitors who kindly left their thoughts and comments on our chalkboard wall. Our visitors also included children from Canterbury Road Primary School, who completed an Arts Award Discover certificate during a visit to No.34.

Comments on a chalkboard
Chalkboard comments about the exhibition. Photo credit: Cassandra Gibbs

In 2018, the first year of Sea Folk Sing focused on exploring the theme of reconciliation as November marked 100 years since the end of the First World War.

How well do we know the local stories of that time? As we looked ahead to the next 100 years, what lessons have we learned about peace and reconciliation?

These were questions explored in ‘Never Again’, a new peice of music that was written by local composer Emily Peasgood with lyrics by Kate Lynn-Devere

Performances of ‘Never Again’ took place in venues and public outdoor spaces across the area.

The Kent Community Rail Partnership were instrumental in supporting the performances at Queenborough Station, and on the the train from Sittingbourne to Sheerness.

You can see wonderful footage of ‘Never Again’ over on their website.

One performance of ‘Never Again’ was live streamed on YouTube from The Mess Deck at Historic Dockyard Chatham.


The workshops which fed into the making of ‘Never Again’ also culminated in a series of podcasts. These podcasts explore different elements of the reconciliation process through conversations between the musician artists who delivered the workshop series and Sea Folk Sing 2018’s Artistic Director Tania Holland Williams. You can access the podcasts on Soundcloud or via the player below.

Singers rehearsing for Sea Folk Sing.
Photo credit: Hope Fitzgerald

Production Team
Sea Folk Sing is an Ideas Test and SparkedEcho production, exploring North Kent’s maritime and folklore history through singing.

It is generously funded by Arts Council England, The Baring Foundation’s Celebrating Age project.

Additional funding in 2018 came from Optivo, Kent County Council and Involving Medway. also supported us in the first year of Sea Folk sing with additional wartime photos and stories.



For full Sea Folk Sing production team credits for 2018/2019, please click the button below

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