Would you like to join a Sea Shanties choir?

21 July 2016

Following the success of a Sea Shanties and Sea Songs pilot project in Kessingland, arts organisation the Voice cLoud has been successful in securing investment from People’s Health Trust - using money raised by HealthIntend through The Health Lottery - to continue and expand its project.

There is no charge to attend and sessions will be based at The Seagull Theatre, Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH on alternate Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, starting on Tuesday 12 July.

The fortnightly sessions will teach songs that were sung within the fishing trade and local seafaring community along the Suffolk coast. They will also explore the social and historical context of how maritime and nautical songs were sung in their original setting, as well as exploring where and why they were sung and any local connections.

The project will allow people from a wider area of rural Waveney to attend. In particular residents of Mettingham, Shipmeadow, Barsham, Shadingfield, Brampton, Stoven, Uggeshall, Sotterley, Hulver, Rushmere, Henstead, Benacre, Wrentham, Covehithe, South Cove and Kessingland are welcome as well as anybody else who wants to learn about the genre.

The Voice cLoud is a not for profit arts organisation that uses music and the singing voice for social impact and promotes the role of music, arts, creativity and imagination for life skills and within health and care settings for health and wellbeing.

The sessions are open to men and women of all ages, and to absolute beginners and experienced singers. Director of the Voice cLoud Paul Amer says “All ages are welcome - if you would like to come along; singing ability does not matter! We are keen for the sessions to be completely accessible and inclusive for anybody who has an interest in learning about the songs or the tradition of sea songs and sea shanties.”

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each of the 51 society lotteries and makes grants using money raised by the society lotteries through the Health Lottery.

Places need to be booked by contacting the Voice cLoud by email [email protected] or on 07909 510976. Please note that children are welcome to attend if accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.theVoiceCloud.co.uk.


Media enquiries

For more information about Voice cLoud  and the Sea Shanties and coastal music of East Anglia project, please contact [name and contact details].

For more information about People’s Health Trust or the funding, please contact Anna Mauremootoo – 020 7697 4017 / [email protected].

Notes to editors

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing funds. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

HealthIntend is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Suffolk.  www.HealthIntendCIC.org.uk 

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk 


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