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Music Workshop at Chatham Dockyard

Last week Hedgehog Class had an exciting day at a sea themed music workshop at Chatham dockyard.

To get us in a nautical mood we started the day with a tour of HM Submarine Ocelot which was the last Royal Navy warship built at Chatham. It took part in missions in the deep oceans – some of which remain top secret! It was very narrow inside. We couldn’t believe it had a crew of 69 men. Where did they all fit?

Next we walked around HMS Gannet; a sloop of the Victorian Royal Navy, she was powered by both sail and steam. We ended up in the captain’s quarters where four students from the University of Kent Music Department entertained us with pirate themed music. The quartet played a viola, two violins and an electric guitar. They told us about their instruments and the different sounds that they made. We all wore pirate hats, learned to clap the rhythms to and sing along with pirate songs. We also listened to the theme from Pirates of the Caribbean.

 After an early lunch we went to another part of the museum where we split into four groups each led by one of the students. We composed and performed our own nautical music using percussion instruments.

We were filmed by Kent Messenger– watch our video here! http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kmtv/video/special-university-of-kent-projects-hits-the-right-notes-at-chatham-dockyard-11820/