A Cornish Coastal Town Sings Goodbye to Storms

The Cornish coastline is an infinite pool of inspiration for those who live by it and for those who visit it. Of no exception to this is the small harbour town, Porthleven, which is located on the South West facing coast on a stretch of land called the Lizard. So, if you are visiting Cornwall, a trip to Porthleven to walk along the striking coastline and to see the fishing boats is well worth it. There may even be some communal singing taking place by the harbour.

Porthleven is well known for the storms that breach its shores in the winter months, with the worst yet being the Valentines day storms in February 2014. Waves crashed over the clock tower at the beginning of the pier, and fishing boats in the water took a severe battering. So, this winter they were put on dry dock only to be returned to the water last week, now that the spring weather has arrived.

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The wind was blowing as the fishing boats were lifted back into the water.

The storms, and the way coastal communities like the one in Porthleven adapt and respond to the strong weather has been the inspiration behind a project called StormSongs, which saw a choir of local residents perform a specially written sea shanty by the harbour while the final fishing boats were being lifted back into the water.

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The choir gathered on Porthleven benches to perform the concert.

Cornwall has a long and rich history of communal singing, especially among fishermen who have sung instructions to eachother. In many pubs around the county you will find live music or people sitting around tables playing instruments and singing. The StormSongs draws from that, and they are looking to perform a larger concert in the Autumn, so if you are studying in the UK, a visit to Cornwall to listen is highly recommended. See Angloed for details on courses.

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