From Ocean World, commissioned by WWF-UK. Soloist Toni Rolland (Whale) in this performance by the Choir and Musicians of St Augustine's RC High School who also gave the Premiere performance at the Royal Festival Hall.
Who cares what becomes of the ocean?
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.
Please respect the copyright of this music which is held by the publishers Josef Weinberger Ltd, London. Sheet music for songs from Ocean World is also available through this website. Digital downloads of the sheet music will soon be available.