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.


Singers aged 55 and over rehearsing for a Sea Folk Sing performance
Credit: Hope Fitzgerald

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 ideally need to come to 4 out of the 6 rehearsals, including the final 2 rehearsals as listed below.

If you have any questions or wish to confirm your place, please do email seafolksing@ideastest.co.uk

Rehearsal Dates

Launch Event – Meet the Artistic Director and Composer
Saturday 8 September, 1pm – 3.30pm
Studio Theatre, Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE

Saturday 6 October, 1 pm – 4pm
Woodville Hall, Gravesend, DA12 1DD

Saturday 13 October, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Studio Theatre, Brook Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4SE

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

Saturday 3 November, 1.30pm-4.30pm. This is a mandatory rehearsal.
Holy Trinity Church Broadway, Sheerness, ME12 1AF.

Thursday 15 November, 6.30pm-9pm. This is a mandatory rehearsal.
Chatham Historic Dockyard, Main Gate Road, Chatham, ME4 4UY

Free Training for Singing Leaders

Do you work with older people or in the third sector? 

Would you like to set up a singing group where you work or volunteer?

Would you like free training to support your music leader skills?

Are you excited by the idea of getting more people singing?

If you have answered yes to the above questions and you work anywhere in Swale, Medway or Gravesham, then this training programme could be for you.

Please get in touch by texting or calling 07713865955 or emailing seafolksing@ideastest.co.uk


Looking over a singer's shoulder at the musical score for Sea Folk Sing.
Credit: Hope Fitzgerald

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.

Performance Dates

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Saturday 10 November, 2pm-3.50pm
Strood Railway Station & Amphitheatre

2:00pm – 2:20pm: Strood Station – Platform 2

2:45pm – 3:05pm: Strood Station – Underpass to Station Road

3:30pm – 3:50pm: Amphitheatre, Canal Road Play Area

 

Sunday 11 November,  performances from 1pm
Train from Sittingbourne to Sheerness & Queenborough Station

See performances on the day on the train route between Sittingbourne and Sheerness-on-Sea.

1.15pm: Arrive.
1.34pm: Train from Sittingbourne.
2.00pm: Bridge at Queenborough Station (off the train).
3.46pm: Train from Queenborough.
4.00pm: Train from Sheerness-on-Sea.
A valid train ticket it required.

2:00pm – 2:20pm Bridge at Queenborough Station
Outside performance at the station.
No train ticket is required.

4:00pm – 4:20pm: Train from Sheerness-on-Sea – Single Trip
A performance on the single train route from Sheerness-on-Sea to Sittingbourne.
A valid train ticket is required.

 

Friday 16 November, 2:30pm – 3:00pm: Accessible Performance
The Mess Deck, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Main Gate Road, Chatham, ME4 4UY
An adapted performance, suitable for those with hearing or visual impairment.
This performance will also be live streamed.

Friday 16 November, 7:30pm – 10:00pm: Extended Performance
The Mess Deck, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Main Gate Road, Chatham, ME4 4UY

Beyond Conflict’ is an extended performance that will include a showcase of music work created in the Sea Folk Sing workshops in North Kent over the summer.

At the core of the work has been a series of imaginings and questions to people who could count themselves survivors of WW1 on 12th November 1918, and our own relationship with peace:

Where does empathy begin?
How can we better manage difficult memories?
What is the role of truth in the political re-telling?
Can we evolve beyond conflict?

Includes guest artists – Naomi Bedford, Jane Pitt and Elizabeth Hayward, and composer Emily Peasgood.

 

Saturday 17 November, performance at 2pm.
The Mess Deck, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Main Gate Road, Chatham, ME4 4UY

Saturday 17 November, performance at 3pm.
The Mess Deck, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Main Gate Road, Chatham, ME4 4UY


Map of Sea Folk Sing performance venues 2018


Useful information about the venues

The Brook Theatre, Chatham
Coming by public transport: Buses run regularly into the nearby Waterfront Bus Station. Chatham rail station is a 5-10 minute walk away.
Coming by car: There is a nearby pay and display car park at Whiffen’s Avenue, that also has disabled parking.
Access: the Studio Theatre is on the first floor. This is accessible by either the main stairs or a lift, with wheelchair access.
Toilets: can be found on the ground floor.

The Woodville, Gravesend
Coming by public transport: Buses run regularly to Gravesend town centre. Gravesend rail station is a short 5-10 minute walk away.
Coming by car: Nearby pay and display parking can be found in Parrock Street, just a two minute walk.
Access: A lift is installed in the foyer and ramped access is also available.
Toilets: Yes and includes an accessible toilet facility at the back of the auditorium.

Holy Trinity with St Paul Church, Sheerness
Coming by public transport: Buses run regularly to Sheerness town centre and the 750 runs outside the church. Sheerness-on-Sea rail station is a short 5-10 minute walk away.
Coming by car: Nearby pay and display parking can be found at Trinity Place Carpark, just a two minute walk away.
Access: Accessible car parking, toilet and ramped access.
Toilets: Yes.

Strood Station, Rochester
Coming by public transport: Direct to Strood Station on the train is easiest option! Regular buses operate to the main entrance of the station.
Coming by car: Nearby pay and display parking can be found at Strood Station Carpark, just a two minute walk away.
Access: Accessible car parking, lift and ramped access.
Toilets: On platform 1.

Sheerness-on-Sea Station
Coming by public transport: Direct to Sheerness-on-Sea Station on the train is easiest option! Regular buses operate near the station.
Coming by car: Nearby pay and display car parks can be found in nearby Sheerness town centre, although we would recommend checking the maximum stay times for these.
Access: Step-free and ramped access.
Toilets: Not available at Sheerness Station, but will be available at Sittingbourne Station. There are a few restaurants with toilets near Sheerness Station (Whetherspoons, McDonalds) that we may be able to use.

Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Coming by public transport: Chatham rail station is around 20-30 minutes walk away. Regular buses operate to the Dockyard.
Coming by car: Free parking available on site.
Access: Accessible car parking, ramped access, accessible toilets.
Toilets: Yes, throughout the site.


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.


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

*Submissions for this year are now closed.* 

Workshops:

This year’s workshops have now finished but we are still looking for singers.

Between June and August 2018, we worked with local people to share and explore stories and photos from WW1.Some of the material created during these workshops may be used as part of final performances later in November and on our social media using hashtag #SeaFolkSing.

Singers rehearsing for Sea Folk Sing.
Credit: Hope Fitzgerald

 

The workshops 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 Artistic Director Tania Holland Williams. You can access the podcasts below.


Sponsorship
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 lucy@ideastest.co.uk


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, Kent County Council and Involving Medway. www1kent.com are kindly supporting us with additional wartime photos and stories.

 


Please get in touch by emailing seafolksing@ideastest.co.uk or calling 07713 865955.

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