Posted on June 29th, 2023
On 17 June, Herring Girls: greater than we are alone was a rousing success as the opening performance at First Light Festival. Lowestoft beach was full of people singing along and bearing witness to the mighty music of our Herring Girls Choir.
It was a piece about the herring girls’ 1936 protest for fair pay, and how that inspires us into collective action today. It’s a timely subject that struck a chord with our energised audiences. We were so very pleased for the amazing turn out on a beautiful and beachy summer’s day. Thank you to those who came to support!
And an extra big thank you to our choristers from the Voice cLoud Choir (a specially created choir with members from the Rogue Shanty Choir, Beccles Community Choir and Kirkley Community Choir), Group A, and Kessingland Primary School Choir! Your voices in the making and singing were our greatest strength. Thank you to our whole team who brought it all together! It took a village and we are so proud.
Jesse Maryon Davies – Composer/Music Director
Hannah Jane Walker – Librettist
Moi Tran – Designer
Mona Camille – Associate Designer
Lucy Cullingford – Movement Director
Sian Websdale – Assistant Movement Director
Made in partnership with First Light Festival, Britten Pears Arts and the Seagull Theatre
Generously funded by Arts Council England, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Geoffrey Watling Charity, Nichol Young Foundation and the Suffolk Community Foundation through the E&J Legacy Fund
Photos below by Will Green Photography