Ahoy! London

Led by Helen Smee and the Voices of London Festival, Ahoy! London is a choral education project taking place in 2018, featuring Alexander L’Estrange’s cantata Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose.


Ahoy! is a sequence of choral arrangements of songs from the time of King Henry VIII, sea shanties, and an original song by L’Estrange, Full Fathom Five. It is scored for SATB choir, unison children’s choir, jazz quintet (piano, bass, drums, accordion & violin).


Each performance will feature a local youth choir partner, and groups and choirs from local schools. In the run-up to the performance, participating schools and music groups will be given support with learning and preparation, including joint rehearsals and workshops, from our lead youth choirs and the Festival outreach team. 


HYC will be the lead partner for the project's Islington performance on Saturday 17 March 2018, alongside young singers from across north London.


Sat 17 March | 7.00pm

Highbury Junior Choir & Highbury Youth Choir, with Hackney Children's Choir


St Augustine's, Highbury

108 Highbury New Park


N5 2DR


Ahoy! London is funded by Voices of London Festival in partnership with the Choir of St Mary Merton and Highbury Youth Choir. As part of the Festival's commitment to offering high-quality performing opportunities for all, the project is offered free of charge to all participants. 


Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme (Charity No: 1149800), operating as DONATE. For Terms & Conditions, see www.easydonate.org

Get involved

Do you know a young singer who would like to be involved in Ahoy! ?


Individual singers in Years 3-6 can join the project by applying to our Junior Choir.


Rehearsals take place on Thursdays 4.00-5.00pm at Christ Church, Highbury.


Applications and expressions of interest are invited from primary schools and youth music groups in Islington and Hackney.


Project support including rehearsal plans and in-school workshops are offered free of charge to participating schools.


Full details for schools and youth music groups are available below.

Ahoy! London Information Pack
Ahoy info for groups.pdf
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