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Coastal Voices as part of Maritime Mix is a large scale participatory choral project which will see hundreds of singers come together to perform four sensational pieces of music along the Jurassic Coast in 2012. Produced by Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts and international music producers Serious, with support from Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, National Lottery funds through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Paul Hamlyn Foundation (Nick Cave arrangements) and SoundStorm.
Primary: Mrs Ethelston’s Clare Rinaldi, St Michael’s Annabelle Grose,
Secondary: Woodroffe Jon Culimore & Colyton Grammar David House.
July 8th Poole Lighthouse
July 27th Weymouth Beach Live Site Opening of the Olympics 2012
John K Miles has been commissioned by B Sharp to write ‘On Golden Cap’.a vocal piece for mass choir with youth groups and choirs across West Dorset & East Devon, as part of the Cultural Olympiad Maritime Mix 2012.
The catalyst for ‘On Golden Cap’ was a song-writing project Hear Here with young people aged 10-18, with the inspirational youth arts organisation B Sharp in Lyme Regis. The participants were drawn from the The Woodroffe Secondary School, St Michaels Primary School and a ‘core group’ of B Sharpers. I provided some initial musical starting points and early on legendary songwriter Billy Bragg worked with each group for a session, giving inspiration and encouragement with an emphasis on writing personal lyrics with meaning and depth. We subsequently developed and added to the material over six weeks of intense collaborative work, painting a picture of what it feels like to live in Lyme Regis, which ended in an emotive and poignant performance in October 2011 ‘Songs of Lyme’. I wrote ‘On Golden Cap’ in direct response to this performance, moving from ‘east to west’ on the Jurassic Coast to Lyme Regis and culminating in an ascension of Golden Cap, the highest point on the southern coast of England.” John K Miles
Mp3 files of On Golden Cap one by one:
Instructions: Download the .zip file. Unzip. And play in your favourite MP3 player.
- You Tube (01) – Coastal Voices – B Sharp JKMiles & Billy Bragg songwriting workshop
- You Tube (02) – Coastal Voices – B Sharp JKMiles & Billy Bragg songwriting workshop
Produced by Lighthouse, Poole and Serious with support from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and National Lottery funds through the Olympic Lottery Distributor (Nick Cave arrangements), Coastal Voices gives a new voice to the coastline that forms a stunning backdrop to the sailing events at London 2012.
Photos available from Maisie Hill – 07597 932 385.
Coastal Voices Aims:
- To undertake cross art form exploration of the ‘voice’ of the World Heritage Site
- To invite communities along the Jurassic Coast and beyond to develop a sense of ‘place’ by creatively exploring the global context of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
- To contribute to the development of a sustainable infrastructure for vocal music in Dorset, East Devon, Bournemouth and Poole which provides continuity of opportunity for all children and adults to develop their skills in singing, leading, composing and performing world class vocal music.
Coastal Voices is an umbrella project linking the arts and earth sciences through the concept of ‘the voice’. It aspires to encourage and stimulate coastal communities in the South West to connect to their ‘place’, to examine and ‘voice’ the unique relationship with the geology and forces which shape our environment, and also to explore the ‘voice’ of the coast. It will actively promote international exchange and dialogue, and connect communities, amateurs and arts professionals, leading to a shared outcome for 2012 and beyond. Hundreds of people will be given the opportunity to perform and work with professional and international artists through an 18 month process of ongoing engagement (March 2011 – August 2012).
Some of the lyrics written with Billy & John:
Woodroffe yr 9′s & B Sharp trainees:
Step after step
Feeling the breeze
On Golden Cap
Up here I feel at ease.
I feel so free
Touching the clouds
The beach below
Far from the madding crowd
St Michael’s year 5′s:
It’s not all about fossils fossils fossils
It’s not all about fossils fossils fossils
it’s all about ice cream
it’s all about its all about the beaches
it’s all about rainbows it’s all about dolphins
Billy Bragg’s Top Tips on writing good songs:
- Enjoy the sunset
- Believe in yourself and what you have to say
- Say it with meaning through your music
BE AN OLYMPIC SINGER: COASTAL VOICES NEEDS YOU!
Four new commissions, hundreds of singers, and performances in Dorset and Devon as part of London 2012. If you sing – in school, in a community choir, a choral society or just in the bath – Coastal Voices needs you. Led by Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts and international music producers Serious, the Coastal Voices project is building up to the London 2012 Olympics by looking to recruit hundreds of voices to join in professional workshops and rehearsals in locations up and down the Jurassic Coast from September 2011, with four vocal ‘hubs’ set-up in Poole, Weymouth, West Dorset and East Devon. As part of the Cultural Olympiad, Coastal Voices will link to Australia and is connected by World Heritage Sites and also by the commonality of Sydney and Poole having the 2 largest natural harbours of the world. Communities right across the coastal region of Dorset and East Devon will be unified through ‘voice’ and ‘place’ and 25 people from Dorset will perform in London on 21st and 22nd July 2012 as part of the River of Music Festival. Working with composers from rock, jazz and contemporary music, the commissions range from new arrangements of cult classics by Nick Cave and B sharp’s stories of Lyme Regis from John K Miles and Billy Bragg, to John Surman’s Brazilian infused Wind Samba and Marc Yeats’ new geological sound world. Each offers choirs the chance to explore new music and the magnificent World Heritage Site coastline which will form the backdrop to the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events in 2012. Performances are planned in Poole, Weymouth and Greenwich in 2012.
Coastal Voices Project Manager Kate Burrough. 07967 622680 email@example.com
Coastal Voices is part of an ongoing participation programe and linked to River of Music – the Cultural Olympiad programe supported by National Lottery funds through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Commissioning funding has been supported by the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site through Creative Coast.