Concert celebrating the BBC’s The Blue Planet is launched in a shark tank

This has to be a first for classical music: a concert stage on a seabed

Concert celebrating the BBC’s The Blue Planet is launched in a shark tank

Divers dressed as musicians – complete with instruments, orchestral tailcoats and music stands – have been spotted mocking up a concert scene in the shark tank of London’s SEA LIFE Aquarium.

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These fantastic photographs have been taken to publicise a forthcoming concert that celebrates the soundtrack of BBC TV series The Blue Planet. British film composer George Fenton will be conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall early next year in his own music written for the programme.

The performance, which takes place on Thursday 22 January, will also incorporate specially edited cinematic footage from the series. Fenton has taken inspiration from Charles Trenet’s song La Mer to create a visual sequence showing how the world's oceans have changed over the last 50 years as a result of human intervention.

Fenton has composed for many BBC wildlife programmes, including Planet EarthFrozen Planet and The Blue Planet, and has written several film scores, including Gandhi (1982) and The Madness of King George (1994).

The Blue Planet in Concert takes place on Thursday 22 January 2015. Visit www.philharmonia.co.uk/blueplanet for tickets and information

Photos: Jonathan Hordle/Rex

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