Sea Folk Sing

Image credit Greg Stobbs

Sea Folk Sing is a two year production by Ideas Test and SparkedEcho, exploring 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. 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.

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

Are you feeling inspired by the work created so far for Sea Folk Sing? You can now register to take part in Year 2.

Let us know you are interested in participating by filling out this form.

For any questions or for more information, please email us at

Volunteer for us
Are you interested in volunteering? We’d love to hear from you! We’ll have chances for you to gain experience of working on a live music production, including stewarding the performances, as well as other roles.

Email to register your interest in volunteering.

Volunteer wearing a lanyard
Photo credit: Hope Fitzgerald

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

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 look ahead to the next 100 years, what lessons have we learned about peace and reconciliation? These were questions that ‘Never Again’, a new peice of music written by local composer Emily Peasgood with lyrics by Kate

Performances of ‘Never Again’, a new piece of music by local composer Emily Peasgood, took place in venues and public outdoor spaces across the area. The Kent Community Rail Partnership were instrumental in supporting the performances and you can see wonderful footage of ‘Never Again’ over on their website.

One performance of ‘Never Again’ was live streamed from The Mess Deck at Historic Dockyard Chatham, which you can now watch below.


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



For full Sea Folk Sing production team credits, please click the button below

Please get in touch by emailing or calling 07713 865955.

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