A production inspired by the round-the-world Golden Globe Race which set off from Falmouth in 1968 will be held at the National Maritime Museum on November 24 at 7.30pm.

For the first time, conveyed through a combination of song, narrative and imagery, 'Great Circle' has been created around the deep emotional turmoil and challenge of three of the nine participants of the Golden Globe Race:

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the only person to famously complete the race in his legendary yacht Suhaili, departing from and returning to Falmouth within 312 days.

Donald Crowhurst, whose troubling story has been so vividly portrayed in major films, books and documentaries, was compelled, like all the other pioneers, to obey the call – but for him with such tragic consequences.

Bernard Moitessier, so disillusioned with the material world had he become, that by the end of the voyage he decided to remain at sea and continued his voyage on to Tahiti, leaving his wife and her three children behind.

A choral representation of the psychological turmoil of contestants and their families will be performed by the acclaimed choir Canoryon Lowen, with guest performances from the celebrated Cornish duo Katie Kirk and Rick Williams, with their own interpretation of the songs of separation written by Nick Hart.

Nick Hart, himself an accomplished sailor comments: “The 1968 Golden Globe Race goes down in history for the toll it had on competitors, for the loneliness and reflection of being at sea for ten months, for its tragedy and also for the friends and family left behind. It represents triumph, conquest and an unfaltering determination to heed the calling of the oceans. A call so strong, that failure was never an option.”

Great Circle is the fourth major work that Hart has written, involving Canoryon Lowen, one of Cornwall’s most versatile choirs and is a joint project in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth. Under Hart’s musical directorship, Canoryon Lowen was formed in 2002. It is a mixed choir of 30 singers based in the village of St Neot, such is its reputation members are drawn from both Devon and Cornwall. The choir performs music from a wide repertoire, including classical, church music, rock ballads, spirituals and musicals. As well as local concerts, the choir has performed internationally in Prague, Venice, Cortina, Florence and Lorient.

Tickets are available from the National Maritime Museum via nmmc.co.uk, or 01326 313388, and they cost between £2 and £15.