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

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

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image: thanks to Karen Boyle’s mum!

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