Tom Service goes on a voyage to discover why music has long been inspired by the sea, while marine biologist Helen Scales reveals the true sound of the oceans.
Join Tom on a Listening Service voyage across our oceans to discover why music has long been inspired by the sea - from Sibelius and Mendelssohn to John Luther Adams and the Beatles - how have composers tried to capture the ocean in their music? Is it even possible?
Meanwhile, Tom discovers music that is literally created by the sea itself from Blackpool to the Arctic, and dives down into the sounds of coral reefs with marine biologist Helen Scales to hear the noisy vibrant reality of life under the waves, from snapping pistol shrimps and angry damselfish to singing whales.
Nocturnes for orchestra, no.3; SirenesPerformer: The Cleveland Orchestra. Performer: Pierre Boulez.
- DG 4398962.
Song to the Siren from StarsailorPerformer: Unknown.
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The BayComposer: Steve Cropper. Performer: Otis Redding.
Four Sea interludes from 'Peter Grimes, Op.33aPerformer: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Edward Gardner.
Petite suite for piano duet: En bateauPerformer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Cristina Marton.
Surfin USAPerformer: The Beach Boys.
- Capitol Records.
The Flying Dutchman OverturePerformer: Hallé. Performer: Sir Mark Elder.
La MerPerformer: Charles Trenet.
John A. Glover-Kind
I Do Like to be Beside the SeasidePerformer: Unknown.
- Kala International.
Cliff Richard & The Shadows
At the RiverPerformer: Groove Armada.
- Tummy Touch.
When Love Takes OverComposer: NERVO. Performer: David Guetta. Performer: Kelly Rowland.
- Virgin Records.
Ten Thousand Miles AwayPerformer: Ian Giles. Performer: John Spiers. Performer: Jon Boden. Performer: Graham Metcalfe.
The Oceanides Op.73Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste.
Sea ChangePerformer: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Andrew Davis.
- BBC recording.
The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) Overture, Op.26Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Claudio Abbado.
Weird Fishes/ArpeggiPerformer: Radiohead.
Music by OceansPerformer: Unknown.
- Private recording.
All BluesPerformer: Steve Turre.
- Smoke Sessions Records.
John Luther Adams
Become OceanPerformer: Seattle Symphony. Performer: Ludovic Morlot.
Octopuss GardenPerformer: The Beatles.
- Sun 6 May 2018 17:00
- Sun 15 Mar 2020 17:00
- Fri 20 Mar 2020 16:30