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Coastal Voices 2017 is currently in development.

Subject to funding, Coastal Voices 2017 will be a large scale, intergenerational choral project for singers of all abilities that is a direct legacy of the Coastal Voices project created for London 2012. The massed choir of some 500 voices (aged 8 – 80) will perform new songs, commissioned to celebrate Poole hosting the EU Maritime Day in May 2017, that resonate with the Maritime tradition of Poole and the Dorset Coast. Coastal Voices 2017 will have learning and participation at its core: a case study in how access and quality are not mutually exclusive; a showcase for local communities brought together by song. It will grow the singing community created in 2012, and take the lead on the development of a sustainable infrastructure for vocal music in Dorset and Poole: signposting singers and choirs to each other, mentoring choral leaders and championing the new skills and confidence that singing brings.

Coastal Voices 2012 in numbers:
•    800+ singers performed 4 new commissions in 5 performances (March – July 2012)
•    29 rehearsal sessions (November 2011 – July 2012)
•    40 schools sessions
•    15 professional musicians in 3 bands
•    10 inputs from guest artists
•    3 conductors
•    2 taster workshops (Poole/Weymouth: September; East Devon: November)
•    1 pebble chorus
•    36000 visits to coastalvoices.co.uk
•    5500 visits to cvscores.posterous.com to view/download scores
•    11000+ plays and <3500 downloads of embedded audio files

How Coastal Voices Came About
The idea of a project called Coastal Voices had been discussed by the Jurassic Coast Arts Team for some time and we decided to use these ideas and turn them into a live project to celebrate London 2012.

Working with our partners, we commissioned four new choral works bringing hundreds of singers together for performances across Dorset and Devon as part of London 2012. Coastal Voices aims to give a new voice to the coastline that forms a stunning backdrop to the sailing events at London 2012. Commissions include arrangements of cult classics by Nick Cave, the geologically-inspired sound world of Marc Yeats, Songs for a Coastal Wind by John Surman and On Golden Cap by John K Miles, inspired by work with Billy Bragg, B Sharp and the young people of West Dorset and East Devon.

Coastal Voices 2012 was produced by Serious and Lighthouse Poole, with commissioning support from the Jurassic Coast Arts Programme. It was supported by National Lottery funds through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, Arts Council England, with additional funding support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, SoundStorm and Team Devon. Coastal Voices was a partner project of Creative Coast 2012, animating the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and was been granted the Inspire mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.

Elspeth McBain, Chief Executive, Lighthouse Poole

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