Sea Folk Sing

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November will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. In North Kent, how well do we know the local stories of that time? As we look to the next 100 years, what have we learned about peace and reconciliation?

Sea Folk Sing is a new choir production showing in Gravesham, Medway and Swale between 2018-2019. This year will explore the theme of reconciliation and WW1, while next year will focus on uncovering sea folklore. Performances of a new piece of music by local composer Emily Peasgood, will take place in venues and public outdoor spaces across the area.

There are many ways for local people to get involved. We are particularly keen to encourage the over 55s to take part with support from across the generations.


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Between June and August 2018, we will be working with local people to share and explore stories and photos from WW1. We would like to use these to inspire our composer Emily when she is writing the music over the summer. Some of this material may also be used as part of final performances later in November and on our social media using hashtag #SeaFolkSing.


Submit photos:
Do you have a photo to share? Submit your photos of WW1 in North Kent using our online form.


In workshops:
Are you creative? Come to our 6-week workshop programme that is currently happening between July and August 2018. Each week we cover something different that explores the theme of reconciliation and WW1. These include guest artist activity such as folk song writing, playing orchestral music and recording sound. We are be running the programme in four different areas – Gravesham, Medway, Sittingbourne and Faversham, and the Isle of Sheppey. We would encourage you to come to all 6 workshops to get the most out of it!

Rochester Cathedral – The Crypt
Mondays, 10am-12pm, starting on 16th July 2018. Download the Rochester e-flyer.

The Gr@nd Healthy Living Centre – The Courtroom,  Gravesend
Mondays, 2.30pm-4.30pm, starting on 16th July 2018. Download the Gravesend e-flyer.

St Michael’s Church, Sittingbourne
Thursdays, 10.15am-12pm, starting on the 19th July 2018. Download the Sittingbourne e-flyer.

Sheppey Healthy Living Centre – Brabazon Room, Sheerness
Thursdays, 2.30pm-4.30pm, starting on the 19th July 2018. Download the Sheppey e-flyer.

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New singing groups
Do you want to sing? We are setting up new singing groups across North Kent, that will rehearse and perform composer Emily’s new piece of music. Singing groups and singing leaders will be supported by our Artistic Director, Tania Holland-Williams during September, October and November 2018. Final performances will take place in venues and public outdoor spaces during November 2018.

Ready to take part? We are holding a launch event for rehearsals on
Saturday 8 September 2018, 1pm-3pm at Studio Theatre, Brook Theatre, Chatham

Download the flyer with more details on the call out for singers and full rehearsal dates. If you want to take part in the performances, you need to come to 4 out of the 6 rehearsals, including the final 2 rehearsals as listed below.

Rehearsal Dates

Saturday 8 September – Launch Event 
Studio Theatre, Brook Theatre, Chatham

Saturday 6 October
Woodville Hall, Gravesend. 1 pm – 4pm

Saturday 13 October
Studio Theatre, Brook Theatre, Chatham. 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Saturday 27 October
Studio Theatre, Brook Theatre, Chatham. 1.30pm-4.30pm

Saturday 3 November
Holy Trinity Church Broadway, Sheerness, ME12 1AF. 1.30pm-4.30pm

Thursday 15 November (TBC)
Chatham Historic Dockyard. 6.30pm-9pm (TBC)

Training for singing leaders
Are you a choir leader or aspiring to be one based in North Kent? We will be offering a training day to help you develop skills and confidence to lead your own choir. There is an additional opportunity to receive mentoring.

The dates and venues for this will be announced shortly.


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Do you want to see the performances? There will be many opportunities to experience Sea Folk Sing as an audience member. In November 2018, we will be staging different choral performances in venues and public outdoor spaces across North Kent.

The dates and venues for the performances will be confirmed shortly.

Performance Dates

Saturday 10 November
Stood Station and Town Centre, performance times TBC.

Sunday 11 November
Return train line from Sittingbourne to Sheerness return with stops on the way.
4 performances from midday to 4pm.

Friday 16 November (TBC)
Chatham Historic Dockyard. Accessible performance at 2.3opm (TBC)

Friday 16 November (TBC)
Chatham Historic Dockyard. Public performance at 7.30pm (TBC)

Saturday 17 November (TBC)
Chatham Historic Dockyard. Public performance at 2.30pm (TBC)

Saturday 17 November (TBC)
Chatham Historic Dockyard. Performance at 7pm (TBC)

To register your interest in the workshops, the choirs and more, please click on the link below.


Volunteer for us
Are you interested in volunteering? We would love to hear from you! We will have opportunities for you to gain experience of working on a live music production, particularly around stewarding the performances.

Register your interest in volunteering.


Are you a company interested in sponsoring the production? Some of our performances will be large-scale and profile-raising in nature. We have a number of opportunities that could enhance your social responsibility profile and help you reach new audiences.

To discuss further, contact Lucy Medhurst at


Design graphic for Sea Folk Sing timline

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, Optivo and Kent County Council. are kindly supporting us with additional wartime photos and stories.



Please get in touch by emailing or calling 07713 865955.

You can also find news and updates on social media by searching #SeaFolkSing