Man has always been fascinated by the sea, that mysterious world that he can only visit as a spectator. But today, his desire to exploit the earth's resources for his immediate benefit is leading inexorably to the destruction of all marine life. Ocean World issues a cry for help on behalf of the inhabitants of the sea. A female humpback whale invites us into her underwater home and introduces some of the other creatures with whom she shares the ocean. We observe her joy as her new-born calf arrives and the two begin the journey to northern feeding grounds.
Man's threatening presence soon becomes apparent, however. Coral mining, whaling ships, commercial fishing vessels, oil spillages and domestic, industrial and nuclear wastes - under this combined assault, the ocean simply cannot sustain the quantity and variety of life it holds. The message is clear and simple: if man continues to misuse the sea, he will destroy the life in it.
3/4 Flutes, 2 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxophones, 1 Tenor Saxophone
3 Bb Trumpets, 2 French Horns, 3 Trombones, 1 Eb Bass
Electric Rhythm Guitar, Classical/Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass
(String) Synthesiser, Piano
Timpani, African Drum, Bass Drum, Drum Kit
Snare Drum, Cymbals, Tam Tam
Xylophone,Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Tambourine, Bell Tree
Chinese "trashy" Cymbal, Triangle, Bongos, Congas, Maracas, Cabasa, Wood Block, Siren Whistle
Piano/Vocal Score, Word Book and Chorus Book are on sale from this website. Click here.
Full Score and Stage Band parts available on hire from Josef Weinberger Ltd. Click here.
Recordings and Additional Resources:
A CD/Cassette, performed by the Choir and Musicians of St. Augustine's RC High School, and narrated by Sir David Attenborough is available by contacting Alex Dangerfield at Josef Weinberger Ltd.
A Video Cassette of the "Fragile Earth" recording, narrated by Sir David Attenborough is available directly from WWF. Contact Liz Rossall for details.
For listening to mp3 audio files of Ocean World songs, click here.
For viewing YouTube selection of Ocean World songs, click here.
Ocean World was shown on Channel 4's Fragile Earth series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Performing the Musical:
If you are considering a performance and would like to know more about licensing details and hire of parts, please contact Josef Weinberger Ltd.