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National Maritime Museum

John Rae Song Workshop with Aimée Leonard


National Maritime Museum

The second of the Dr John Rae Song workshops, this time focusing on songwriting.

The session will begin with a recap on the history of John Rae from archaelologist and singer Dr Sarah Jane Gibbon from Orkney.

There will then be a physical and vocal warm up, and a chance to sing through the 3 songs from the first workshop.

You will then write the words for a ballad style song about Dr John Rae. This will include words, phrases and dialect from a special "travellers book" which has been kept in the Stromness Museum in Orkney. Orcadians have written in the book about how John Rae's story inspires them. The final song will be a collaboration between Londoners and Orcadians with one final exciting addition...a space will be left in the song for a verse to be written in Inuktitut by Bernadette Dean who lives on the West Coast of Hudsons Bay, and who knows the story of John Rae's special relationship with the Inuit community.

The second in a series of three workshops: see also 5 August and 16 September

These workshops are led and organised by folk artist Aimée Leonard as part of her programme as musician in residence at the National Maritime Museum, a partner in the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s  Musicians in Museums programme. Suitable for everyone 14 years and above. No previous experience of singing needed.

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