June: Arts Council funding update



We had the disappointing news last week that our first application to the Arts Council was unsuccessful. The good news is that we had some really positive feedback on our plans, so we are reapplying and will be back in touch with you again by the end of September with (fingers crossed) the go-ahead for the project! Subject to securing the funding, rehearsals will then start later in the autumn and the performance will be at the Lighthouse on Saturday 20 May 2017 as part of our “Choral Festival” weekend.

We are still looking for corporate sponsors and partners to support the project. We can help you set up a choir in your workplace, offer marketing opportunities which will reach 1000s in the local community, and promote your business as part of our online and social media presence. You will be supporting hundreds of local people (including schools and young people) to find their voice and championing the role singing plays in today’s health and wellbeing agenda. To find out more, please get in touch at info@coastalvoices.co.uk

Thank you for your continued patience – we know it will be worth it!

Carolyn Date, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Elspeth McBain, Lighthouse
Kate Burrough, Project Manager


Coastal Voices – in development for 2017

Coastal Voices is in development for a major new production in May 2017 as part of Poole’s EU Maritime Day Festival.

It’s still early days, but we are delighted that Howard Moody has agreed to be our irrepressible Musical Director again, with (subject to funding!) the promise of guest artists, mentoring for regional choirs and a whole new Choral Festival weekend along the way. The centrepiece of the repertoire will be John Surman’s “Songs for a Coastal Wind” as performed by the Weymouth Coastal Voices in 2012. Again, subject to funding, we are planning to commission a new first movement by John, and a fanfare style opener by Howard, so plenty of both new and pre-loved material to get your teeth into!

Work is already underway to raise the funds required, and if successful, we aim to launch the project in May 2016. Rehearsals will start at the Lighthouse in September 2016, with concert and outdoor performances in April and May 2017. We’re operating a world away from the financial comfort that London 2012 offered us before, and this time we are hoping you will help us realise the scale and impact of the project:

  • Looking for that “money-can’t-buy” present? Why not pledge support to the CV commission by Howard Moody and have your name inscribed at the front of the published score.
  • Would your workplace welcome the opportunity to support this large scale community event? Benefits include a choral workshop in your workplace, plus your corporate profile reflected in the project’s marketing and souvenir print, online and social media profiles.
  • Over 50% of feedback received in 2012 suggested singers would be happy to pay a small charge to take part again. We are introducing an optional fee (which will also give you an exclusive project T shirt, printed scores and souvenir programmes) with the potential for you to add top-up donations to the project if you wish. This will allow us to reach new participants and communities across Poole and Dorset, and widen participation in the event to its fullest potential. Please be assured that no one will be excluded from the project by not being able to pay, but others may be able to pay what they think it’s worth.

You can register your interest in any of these means of support at www.coastalvoices.co.uk/contact or drop us a line at info@coastalvoices.co.uk

And if you’ve forgotten what it was all about back in the summer of 2012, this slideshow might jog your memory.

We hope you’re as excited as we are to get this project back up and running. If you have any comments or suggestions you would like to make to help things on their way, please get in touch via info@coastalvoices.co.uk or through the contact page here on the website.

Kate Burrough, Project Manager

Dear Coastal Voices Olympian singers!

What a weekend – and what a terrific way of being involved in the biggest sporting event in the world. Congratulations to you all for your incredible performances in Weymouth, London and Poole.

The sun shone on us for a good reason! Each and every one of you were magnificent – as singers, as friends, and as ambassadors for your Towns.

I do hope that the last 9 months have been enjoyable and satisfying on many levels as we made the musical journey to Weymouth. Thank you for taking part, for trusting that the project was worth giving up your time for, and sticking with it, and for triumphing on the stage.

Each of the commissions gave a different flavour of the places we live and it was very unusual for the composers and arrangers to be so involved in producing the performances. My thanks to Marc Yeats, Sonia Slany, John K Miles and to John Surman and Nick Cave for writing such incredible works.

It takes a huge amount of work, and commitment from a great many people to produce an event and we did all of the producers proud. WELL DONE!!

Our musicians were what made this project so special. Thanks to:

•    Sonia Slany, Dario Bonell, Martin France, Alcyona Mick, Steve Watts
•    La Folia Brass: Mark Bassey, Jesse Durkan, Adrian Fry, Laura Jurd, Katie Pryce
Natalia Bonner, Morgan Goff, Dave Manington, Jez Wiles, Buster Birch 
•    Pupils and staff at Colyton Grammar School, The Woodroffe School, St Michael’s Primary School, Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School (On Golden Cap); Budmouth College, Chickerell Primary School, St Andrew’s Primary School, Radipole Primary School (Songs for a Coastal Wind); Seaton Primary School (Sturzstrom pebble chorus)
•    Helen Coombs, Lynsey Docherty, Gary Wright
•    Billy Bragg
•    Howard Moody who pulled it all together and was so generous with his time, energy and knowledge. It’s been such a pleasure for us all to work with him, I know you agree!
•    Kate Burrough our unflappable Project Manager has done the most terrific job. Congratulations on her news that she’s expecting a baby in December.

Thank you too to the people who have inputted and worked so hard to make this project great :

Daisy Sutcliffe and Alan Rogers
Helen Coombes and Christine Page (Voiceworks)
Fran Williams and Ayvin Rogers (BSharp)
Dan Somogyi (Soundstorm)
Jake Sutton (Lighthouse)
Stuart Jones (Lighthouse)
Stewart Melvin (Lighthouse)
Sara St George (Lighthouse)
Marina Tucker (Lighthouse)
Paul Tucker (Lighthouse)
Lin McGinn (Lighthouse)
Nadine Wood (Serious)
Katrina Duncan (Serious)
Claire Furlong (Serious)
Carolyn Date (BSC)
Daz Guerin and Tim Brandwood (Face Events)
Richard Crowe  
Elfyn Jones
John Scott (Beer Quarry Caves)
We are now finalising the project and would love to get your feedback, and your stories.
Feedback tells us what worked and what we could have done differently or improved on and will help us to make the next project even better.

Your stories are what really matters to me. Has the project impacted you personally in some way, have you done something you never thought you would or could, was there a funny moment.
For me, the story has been about working with some amazing people, being in a privileged position to create wonderful new music and make something extraordinary happen, to have sung with lovely lovely people, and to have stood on 4 stages feeling immensely proud of you all.

To the young woman who with a broken foot, hopped across Poole from her hospital bed to be at the Twin Sails performance back in March – you are a real inspiration and made my job more than worthwhile.

Please would you take a moment to fill in the feedback form at http://www.coastalvoices.co.uk/feedback. Apologies to those who already filled one in for the London performance. That one was for the producers of the BT River of Music Festival, so do complete this one as well.

We will get the recordings we made up on to the website as soon as possible.

Then, on to the next one! Yes we are beginning to think about what that could be as so many of you have indicated you would like this to continue in some way. So watch this space and we shall email you directly when we know what’s next.

In the meantime – if you wish to sing en mass again soon – check out the Lighthouse Big Sing http://lighthousepoole.co.uk/the-big-sing-with-john-rutter – in September. Come and learn John Rutter’s fabulous works and perform them on the same day. With the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, led by Gavin Carr.

Thank you all, enjoy the summer!

Elspeth McBain
Chief Executive
Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts


image: thanks to Karen Boyle’s mum!

change to East Devon schedule

Slight change to schedule due to Marc being interviewed on BBC Radio Solent.

1500 coach arrives Weymouth College (refreshments/lunch available to buy in sports hall)

1530 depart for site

1600 arrive ICCI360 arena (Marc leaves for interview)

1645 regroup at ICCI360 arena (no change)

1700 rehearsal (no change)

1800 performance (no change)