Celebration of the Sea: Day 1

Monday was a busy day for the Celebration of the Sea group with special access visits to two local heritage sites and a brainstorming session bringing together participants from a variety of backgrounds for the first time to explore Lowestoft’s relationship with the sea.

Creative writing participant and local resident Anne, had the following to say about the day: “I was thrilled to receive an open invitation to write and do music with the finest people around, organised by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I have had an amazing day with these people visiting the Mincarlo Trawler and learning about life at sea. After the Trawler, we visited the Lowestoft Maritime Museum where I found pictures of the Telesia LT1155, the old boat my Grandad sailed on, as well as images of the Spithead Review of ships in 1935 featuring King George V and Skipper Moxey. And to top it off we had a trip down memory lane riding around town on a double decker bus from the Lowestoft Transport Museum.

Anne Trawler enjoying the workshop, learning about life at sea.

Anne Trawler enjoying the workshop, learning about life at sea.

“I’m enjoying the writing side with Dean Parkin, our local professional writer and poet. He has already taught me so much, and the music team’s involvement is amazing; they are teaching us to put a piece of music together, right from scratch. They’re lovely people to work with.

Working on the group's piece of music.

Working on the group’s piece of music.

“I will certainly enjoy the next four days of creative work and am so looking forward to the final outcome of our music performance. It’s very, very interesting. If you ever have a chance to do this, you must!” Beginning Tuesday morning, participants will continue to work alongside the professional musicians and writer to devise their own music and words about the sea and what it means, and has meant to Lowestoft. In addition to our main core of local participants, words and memories are being gathered from older Lowestoft residents at the 60+ club and residents of Flagship’s Coppice Court, giving a wide range of perspectives about Lowestoft’s shore.


This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Suffolk Community Foundation Michael Ben Howes Fund.

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About Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prestigious orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first-class performances and the highest possible standards of music-making across a diverse range of musical repertoire. This was the vision of the Orchestra’s flamboyant founder Sir Thomas Beecham, whose legacy is maintained today as the Orchestra thrives under the exceptional direction of its new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Maestro Charles Dutoit.
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