On 21st June 2011 at Watergate Bay, Cornwall, over 300 participants and 400 attendees took part in The Big Sing. The Works and KEAP had worked together on a similar event in 2010 and wanted to expand this event for 2011, bringing in new elements of dance and beach workshops.
The Big Sing Seven primary schools had each participated in two half-day dance workshops in advance of the main event. On the day, in dance, art, film-making and beach safety workshops and performed their pieces to each other. The evening saw nine choirs from across Cornwall, and one brass band, performing songs from their own repertoire to a delighted crowd and Cornwall Youth Dance Company performed two dance pieces specifically commissioned for The Big Sing. The evening culminated in a massed choir and audience singing of Nick Darke’s ‘The Lobster Song’ and Trelawney.
All of the dance activity was very successful and the performances were enjoyed by the audience, and the experience of creating the dance and performing on the beach produced dance of a very high standard. This was the first time since 2004 that Watergate Bay Hotel had become involved in a non-profit, community event and it really helped them deliver on their corporate social responsibility agenda. The event engaged with community with volunteers helping out on the day with stewarding, assisting in workshops and with the public collection.
“It was a fantastic experience to make and perform in such an amazing place, it felt like the space was a part of the piece. There was a great atmosphere from the crowd” Big Sing Participant