Ocean Song: Final Workshop!

On 14 November 2015, the last workshop collecting voices for the Ocean Song sound installation took place in the lecture theatre of the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. This event celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Museum’s Finback Whale washing ashore at Normans Bay, Pevensey in November 1865. We would like to thank all of the participants for giving voice to our Whale, and of course Rowena Whitehead and Chris Watson for leading and recording the workshop. Here are the results:

Find out more about the Museum’s Whale Weekend on the Inside the Cocoon blog


Ocean Song at Pevensey

The Ocean Song team had a wonderful day in Pevensey in August, collecting sounds of the sea followed by a fantastic workshop at the beautiful and historic St Nicolas’ Church collecting the voices of Pevensey. Here we have the beautiful songs of the sea recorded that day. And remember, it is your LAST CHANCE to add your voice to the Ocean Song soundscape on Saturday 14th November at the Department of Zoology in Cambridge. To book your place, visit:¬†Online Booking for Ocean Song Finale

Pevensey and Westham C.E. Primary School Ocean Song recording

In July 2015, the Public Engagement team went to Pevensey and Westham C.E. Primary School with a very special mission: to collect the children of Pevensey today reciting a skipping chant created by the children of Pevensey 150 years ago inspired by the size and smell of the Finback Whale when it washed ashore there. We had a wonderful time, and the pupils and staff were brilliant in helping us to capture this unique rhyme! And here it is in all its glory. Enjoy, and remember to book to join us at the last Ocean Song workshop on November 14 3-5pm Book Online

Last Chance to add YOUR voice to the Ocean Song soundscape

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Saturday 14 November 2015, 3pm-5pm, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Drum roll…. This is it, the final workshop of the Ocean Song project! As part of our Whale Weekend, celebrating the 150th anniversary of our magnificent Finback Whale washing ashore at Normans Bay, Pevensey in November 1865, we will be hosting the last Ocean Song workshop. Join world renowned wildlife sound recorder Chris Watson as he takes us on a journey through the world’s oceans using his recordings of the sea and the animals that live there. The oceans are so full of sound you will never look at the sea in the same way again! Then with fantastic choir leader Rowena Whitehead we will be learning sounds and songs of the sea, which Chris will record to weave into our fabulous Ocean Song sound installation. We will be looking back at some of the sounds we have collected through this project and hearing new sounds of the sea. We want as many people as possible to help us celebrate this most wondrous of whales, so please sign up! We will be in the Department of Zoology’s lecture theatre for this workshop, so you can get a glance at the new whale hall that will be the new home for the whale and his Ocean Song soundtrack too.

To book your place at this unique event, visit:

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And as a taster if you’re new to the project, or reminder if you have been to one of the workshops, here is the recording from the first workshop that took place in November last year in all its glory:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ocean Song Project Finale

Join us for this last chance to add your voice to the sound installation which will accompany the Fin Whale skeleton in the new Whale Hall at the Museum of Zoology when it reopens in 2016! Revisit highlights from the series of workshops which have been taking place since November 2014, listen to Chris talk about his work and hear his recordings from around the world. Then experiment with your own voices, with the help of Rowena as we build the sound piece together. No singing experience necessary.

Saturday 14 November 2015, 3pm-5pm, Free. Booking Essential. Suitable for 8 year olds and upwards. All children must be accompanied.

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Sounds of the Sea at Normans Bay, Pevensey

The Ocean Song team had a wonderful weekend in Sussex, collecting sounds of the sea at Normans Bay, where our whale washed ashore in 1865, with wildlife sound recorder Chris Watson, and voices from Pevensey with choir leader Rowena Whitehead. Here’s a short video of the beach on August 23rd 2015, complete with dramatic sky and waves rushing up the shingle beach.

To all wildlife sound recorders: do you have a recording of the sea that you would like to add to the soundscape? Or have you recorded in freshwater around the East and South East of England? We would love to hear your recordings and include them in the Ocean Song Soundscape. We have set up an online sound cloud for you to share your recordings with us. Just visit: Ocean Song Soundcloud to upload your contributions!