Today (Monday 15th October) music and science come together for the first time at Durrell Wildlife Park in a spectacular multimedia show for Jersey’s children to enjoy. Students from eleven island schools will be attending the shows taking place in Durrell’s education centre this Monday and Tuesday.
The sessions are designed to inspire students to take an interest in biology and the environment, and elaborate on their studies through the medium of pop music provided by Huddersfield-based band Being 747. Amoeba to Zebra charts the development of all living things, from the origins of the most basic organisms in the primordial soup right through to the sophistication of mankind.
The 55-minute-long music show will be followed by hands-on opportunities with the animals in Durrell’s education department and trails for the students to independently study the animals in the wildlife park.
Over the next year, thanks to sponsorship from NatWest, Durrell’s education team will be developing several new science communication initiatives with the aim of directly engaging Jersey school children.
Commenting on the plans Jamie Copsey, Head of Learning and Development at Durrell said “Durrell are continually looking for new and exciting ways to engage young people with wildlife conservation and we are thrilled to be working with NatWest to offer this new learning experience to Island school children.”
Jerry Whitsey is the Chairman of NatWest’s Corporate Sustainability Board he said “We are delighted to support this new venture with Durrell, which will bring science to life for the many lucky school children who have been invited to attend. This is the first in a programme of initiatives that we are involved in that aim to support and engage children working with animals and wildlife conservation.”
Discussing the unique format of the events Steve Morricone of Being 747 added “As a band, we all share a fascination with the wonders of the natural world and the evolutionary processes that have shaped the flora and fauna of our planet. We decided to use our combined creative talents to do something truly worthwhile – to tell an incredible story that will stimulate the imagination of young people and leave a lasting impression”