Wednesday 8 June 2022 is World Ocean Day. Around the world, people will be coming together to celebrate and honour our one shared ocean that connects us all.
This year the focus is on conservation. To create a healthy ocean with abundant wildlife and to stabilise the climate, it’s critical that 30% of our planet’s lands, waters, and ocean are protected by 2030, a goal they are calling "30x30". You can take action and join the campaign by writing to your nation's leaders.
We have put together this ocean-related Spotify playlist to accompany your efforts!
The London Symphony Orchestra believes firmly in the importance of ensuring and promoting environmental responsibility in everything that it does. We recognise that the climate and environmental crisis is one of the most significant challenges facing society today, and that the cultural sector has a crucial role to play in advocating for and demonstrating environmental responsibility through both its policy and practice. You can read about our Environmental Responsibility Plan, which outlines the LSO's key priorities for the coming years, here.
From the archives
While researching the best way to mark World Ocean Day, we asked our Archivist if she had anything "ocean related" in our archive that would be interesting to share. We weren't quite expecting this story:
Ocean Hill was the son of a soldier in the 1st Dragoon Guards, and was born at sea (hence the unusual name) in 1868. His father placed him in the Royal Military Asylum (the present day Duke of York's Headquarters on King's Road, Chelsea) aged 10 in 1878. He left there aged 14 in 1883 and joined the Coldstream Guards' band. He went on to serve in the band for 21 years, leaving in January 1904, and joined the newly-formed London Symphony Orchestra as a clarinettist. It's interesting to speculate that if the LSO had sailed as originally planned on the Titanic in April 1912, Ocean Hill would probably have ended his life as he had started it: on the sea. He died in 1944.
Find out more about our archive, history and story of our near miss with the Titanic here.