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Schools Join Composers to Debut Shanties on the Shore at Woolverstone

Posted by on 12 June 2017 | Comments

Shanties on the Shore, a new concert developed by John K Miles and Dean Parkin, will be performed at The Hayworth Theatre at 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 22 June.

The concert, at the Hayworth Theatre at Ipswich High School for Girls in Woolverstone, to be performed by the internationally renowned City of London Sinfonia alongside 200 young people from the Shotley Peninsula, is inspired by the works of Arthur Ransome.

Shanties on the Shore has been created and developed by 200 young people attending eight educational settings on the Shotley Peninsula. The concerts have been lead and produced by composer John K. Miles and poet Dean Parkin, who have supported the local schools to come together for the first time to create this unique piece inspired by the local heritage and natural beauty of the area.

Shanties on the Shore is part of a wider programme of events and activities developed by the Shotley Peninsula Tourism Action Group to celebrate the author in 2017, 80 years after the Swallows and Amazons novel ‘We didn’t mean to go to sea’, which was written from and features real locations on the Shotley Peninsula, was published.

Each of the two 45 minute concerts – to be held at 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 22 June – will include performances from local schools. These schools include:

  • Chelmondiston Primary School
  • Holbrook Academy
  • Holbrook Primary School
  • Ipswich High School for Girls
  • Royal Hospital School
  • Shotley Primary School
  • Stutton Primary School
  • Tattingstone Primary School.

Tickets cost £2 for adults, are free for under 16’s and can be purchased online here.

Shanties on the Shore has been developed by Babergh District Council, the Shotley Peninsula Tourism Action Group and Orchestras Live, working in partnership with the City of London Sinfonia, Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council, The Nancy Blackett Trust, Suffolk Music Service and Primary and High Schools along the Shotley Peninsula.

Cllr Margaret Maybury, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It’s always wonderful to welcome the London Sinfonia back to Babergh, and this year’s performances of a brand new concert promises to be a spectacular celebration of both Arthur Ransome and our beautiful coastline.

“Combining the orchestra and composers’ experience with the talent of our local schools will make this a performance not to be missed and I look forward to being part of a packed house on the night.”