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


We’re very happy to announce that from November 27 to January 31st, we will be displaying the Sea Folk Sing exhibition at No.34 to celebrate all of the hard work that went into making ‘Never Again’ a success. Please do pop in during our opening times and explore this exciting showcase – we’d love you to visit us. Here are some comments that visitors to the exhibition kindly left on our chalkboard.

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

Feeling inspired by the work created so far for Sea Folk Sing? You can now register your interest in taking 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 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.

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 Year 1 of Sea Folk Sing, the focus was 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 to the next 100 years, what have we learned about peace and reconciliation? 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 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.


Please get in touch by emailing or calling 07713 865955.

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