Three drawings of fish by children who contributed drawings to the Solent Shanty Sing songbook project, and the text 'Solent Shanty Sing'.
Solent Shanty Sing

Additional Information

Solent Shanty Sing is a large-scale Sea Shanty project for schools in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton. In Autumn 2022 I devised composition workshops with different age ranges in a small number of schools. Lyrics, drawings and musical ideas emerged which inspired the contents of the songbook. In 2023, massed singing events, each with 900+ schoolchildren took place at Ventor Botanic Gardens, Isle of Wight (9 June), Southampton's Weston Shore (June 14) and West Quay Walls (June 16) and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (June 23).

Materials: Solent Shanty Sing (2023) Digital songbook with audio learning resources for Key Stage 1 - Key Stage 3 school students: Sailors of the Sea (round song - trad.), Ship Ahoy (round song - trad.), Southerly Winds (round song - trad.), The Curse of Stokes Bay (Emily Peasgood, Dani Osoba and Gosport schoolchildren), The Ocean Is Blue (Emily Peasgood), Down The Solent (Mike "Gutta Percha" Sadler), Throw Out The Lifeline (Edwin Smith Ufford, 1888), A Long Time Ago (trad with update lyrics by Emily Peasgood and Sam Slattery), Shallow Brown (trad.), When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Ship (Music by Emily Peasgood, Lyrics by Emily Peasgood, Kate Lynn-Devere and Tabitha Liu), The Woolston Ferry (Mike "Gutta Percha" Sadler), To Portsmouth! (round - trad.), River Shanty (Emily Peasgood, lyrics by schoolchildren from Southampton and Isle of Wight), Fishing in The Solent (Dani Osoba and Emily Peasgood), What's That Lurking In The Water? (Music by Emily Peasgood, Lyrics by Emily Peasgood, Dani Osoba and Sam Slattery).

Commissioner: Solent Shanty Sing was commissioned by Hampshire Music Hub, Isle of Wight Music Hub, Portsmouth Music Hub and Southampton Music Hub to celebrate ‘The Year of The Coast’.

Creative Team: Solent Shanty Sing was curated, compiled, arranged, designed and sometimes composed by Emily Peasgood, with the support of musicians Dani Osoba and Sam Slattery. Many of the songs in the book were inspired by schoolchildren in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, who contributed ideas, drawings, and sometimes words.




Isle of Wight
United Kingdom