The Rogues Shanty Choir

Our founders Stephen, Paul and Andy also run The Rogues Shanty Chorus.
…a unique choir who sing the songs of fishermen and sailors.

The group meet and sing within sight of the Suffolk shoreline, which allows our music an accompaniment of the sound of waves and the sea, with a base at the Seagull Theatre – the most easterly community theatre in the United Kingdom.

The Rogues Shanty Chorus celebrate the culture and legacy of local seafaring communities by reviving the folk music that they created in order to celebrate the musical heritage of the East Anglian coast.

The choir formed in 2015 as part of a broader coastal cultural and heritage community project designed and delivered by The Voice cLoud – a not for profit arts and music organisation run by Stephen and Paul. The aim of the choir was to explore the social and historical importance of the folk music and work songs created by the fishing and seafaring communities of Suffolk and East Anglia. The project also included school workshops, talks and demonstrations at WI groups, scouting/guiding and social groups and delivery of one-off music workshops among other activities and engaged with almost 2,000 participants.

The group are one of only a few shanty choirs in the UK (and as far as we are aware the only one free to attend) and promotes the social, health and wellbeing benefits of group singing whilst expanding the sharing of Lowestoft’s unique coastal, cultural and musical heritage.

The Rogues Shanty Chorus are a committed and passionate group who work with and within the community, producing and performing sell-out theatre shows as well as arranging and curating performances for charity events and other groups and services; including at older people’s residential homes; care groups, school fetes and local community events and fundraisers, including for RNLI and the Fishermen’s Mission.

The Rogues sing sea shanties and arias about the sea as well as whaling songs, naval songs, working songs, foc’sle songs and romantic old century tunes of ne’er-do-wells, which includes refrains of seafarers, wreckers, smugglers and murder ballads.

If you would like to join the choir, please visit their Facebook page or get in touch for further information.

The Voice cLoud are DELIGHTED to have secured investment for the next two years to expand upon our highly popular project THE UNIQUE COASTAL, CULTURAL AND MUSICAL HERITAGE OF WAVENEY!

The Unique Coastal, Cultural and Musical Heritage of Waveney is a creative learning project which generates interest in Suffolk heritage by exploring the folk music and associated heritage created by traditional fishing communities. 

The project is funded by People’s Health Trust #ActiveCommunities programme using money raised by Health Lottery East which supports people to create and shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better. Active Communities projects aim to develop social links and ties and support residents to discuss and act on things that are important to them.

Our project encompasses several multi-generational activities across North Suffolk and Waveney. These all explore and promote the social, health and wellbeing benefits of music and the creative arts whilst expanding the sharing of Suffolk’s unique coastal, cultural and musical heritage

We are really looking forward to expanding upon this wonderful project that has seen us work with people ranging from 2 – 93 years old in Waveney over the past four years including our wonderful fishing choir The Rogues Shanty Chorus.

If you would like to find out more about this project, including opportunities to be involved, please get in touch with us on Facebook, or call Stephen 07909 510976 or Paul on 07903 105930