A Song for Kent, Walking Each Other Home, celebrates friendship and kindness against a backdrop of isolation and solitude.
It was premiered live aboard LV21 on Saturday 7 August, 2.30pm, at St Andrew’s Quayside, Gravesend. It was then premiered online on Wednesday 11 August, 12.30pm.
Composed by Tania Holland Williams, the song has been inspired by the people of Kent and is performed by RiverVoice Community Choir and Fat Lady Opera Community Chorus.
Tania spoke to local people whilst on a series of walks spanning the Kent coast from Hythe to Gravesend and captured thoughts and feelings of this difficult time during a series of ‘companionship’ telephone calls.
The song was performed live aboard LV21 during the Gravesham Waterfront Weekend.
Watch the ‘making of’ film to find out more:
About Tania Holland Williams: Deviser, opera director, song-writer, Artistic Director of Fat Lady Opera – all round Renaissance woman. Tania trained as a clown and went on to become an opera singer in Germany. Since returning to the UK she has been involved in devising, writing, producing and directing a wealth of operas, sound installations and staged choral works. These have included site responsive community operas at Chatham Historic Dockyard; Folkestone Harbour and Rochester Cathedral. Commissions for Cheriton Light Festival; Turner Contemporary and The Beaney.
Tania created the world’s first escape room opera experience and the world’s first live-Zoomed Chorus as part of Persephone’s Dream which premiered at the TaT2020 festival during the first year of Covid. She is responsible for curating the 3-year contemporary music in living rooms programme, Davy Jones’ Locker and for pioneering The Invisible Opera House biannual festival series. Her work is influenced by philosophical thinkers and writers and invites audiences into imaginative storytelling about essential human truths. taniahollandwilliams.co.uk
Produced by Sound UK in partnership with LV21. Supported by Arts Council England, RVW Trust, Gravesham Borough Council and Kent County Council.
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