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 happening between July and August 2018. Each week we will cover something different that explores the theme of reconciliation and WW1. These will include guest artist activity such as folk song writing, playing orchestral music and recording sound. We will 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!

The dates and venues for the workshops will be announced shortly.


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

Training for choir 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 these 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 announced shortly.


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


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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