Singers sought to be part of Danny Boyle’s Armistice event in Sunderland

Pages of the Sea will faces of the fallen etched in the sand
Pages of the Sea will faces of the fallen etched in the sand
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A special Sunderland choir is being created to perform at Danny Boyle’s national event to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Sunderland has been chosen as one of a handful of coastal towns and cities to take part in Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle’s commission from 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

Each project centres on the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, which will be washed away as the tide comes in.

The Sunderland event will take place on November 11 at Roker Beach.

Now organisers Sunderland Culture are looking for singers to join a choir to perform at the event.

The choir will be led by Catherine Stephens, of The Cornshed Sisters, who also led the choir at the memorable Portolan high-wire walking spectacular, one of the highlights of this summer’s visit of The Tall Ships.

“We’ve chosen a song by Heg Brignall, whose music we performed at Portolan,” Catherine explained.

“It’s a beautiful song called Look To The Sea and I’m very excited and thrilled to have been asked to lead the Pages of the Sea choir,” she added.

Four rehearsals have been arranged at The Fire Station in High Street West, Sunderland, and it’s important that prospective choir members can attend all of the sessions.

They are: Tuesday, October 30; Thursday, November 1; Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9, all between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Choir members must also attend the event between 11am and 3.30pm on Sunday, November 11.

If you would like to join the choir, email Helen Green at info@sunderlandculture.org.uk

Volunteers are also being sought for the event. Find out more here.