The Rogues Shanty Chorus visited by Peter Aldous MP

05 October 2017

A choir welcomed their MP to one of their rehearsals to sing sea shanties and find out more about the work they do.

Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, visited The Rogues Shanty Chorus, who celebrate the history and cultural heritage of music from the Suffolk coast.

The project, which is run by the Voice cLoud, is funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthIntend through The Health Lottery.

During the fortnightly sessions, members are taught songs that were sung by seafaring communities along the Suffolk coast. These include sea shanties, music from the fishing trade, and whaling and smuggling songs.

They also sing sacred and superstitious songs while exploring the social and historical context of how maritime and nautical songs were sung in their original setting.

Mr Aldous said: “It was wonderful to see the project in action, and hear some of the great songs. It is really interesting that the project explores traditional music of the fishing community.

“The project provides such a good opportunity for the community to get to know each other and socialise, and celebrate the history of the area.”

During his visit, Mr Aldous spoke to members about the project and local life, and even joined in with the singing.

Sessions are led by local historians, musicians and volunteers and are open to absolute beginners and experienced singers.

Stephen Amer, Director at Voice cLoud, added: “It was a really great session and it was lovely to have Peter come along. Everyone had a great time and it was brilliant that Peter wanted to take part and sing along with us all.

“We’re really grateful to People’s Health Trust for facilitating the visit and supporting us.”

The Rogues Shanty Chorus project started following its popularity during taster sessions.

 

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