Sounds like Wimbledon - VIDEO now on website

On 24th March, eight of our students were invited by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to take part in a Wimbledon Championships Community Art Project called ‘Sounds like Wimbledon’ at the All England Club.

Our students had the opportunity to listen to what makes Wimbledon sound unique and then re-create that ambience with the help of professional Foley artist Louise Brown and sound engineer Rick Blything. The finished recorded soundscape will be played back to the 150,000 people who queue over the 13 days of the Championships for entry to Wimbledon. The soundscape, along with a short film of the recording will also appear on the Wimbledon website which receives 1 million hits an hour over the two weeks of the tournament.

The day consisted of many different activities including:  

  • Assisting the sound team in the creation of various sounds experienced during the Championships
  • A personal tour of the grounds, including Centre Court!
  • Being interviewed by a film crew
  • Meeting the head groundsman and feeling the grass on one of the Championship courts
  • Meeting the world’s most famous Harris Hawk, Rufus, whose job is to scare pigeons away from the venue, especially from Centre Court
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the museum and the archive

Our students were extremely fortunate to also receive a tennis racket, tennis bag and lots of tennis goodies before they left!

If you happen to go to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships this year, make sure you listen out for our students’ work!

The soundscape and video are now up on the Wimbledon website!

It was lovely to receive some feedback from parents following the day:

“Many thanks for giving [my daughter] the opportunity to participate in the Sounds like Wimbledon event; the pictures are lovely. She really enjoyed the event and is so excited that she had the opportunity to participate.”

“[My daughter] had a really lovely day and was so happy when she returned. Thank you so much.”

“Thank you for giving [my daughter] such a wonderful opportunity for an experience of a lifetime. She thoroughly enjoyed the trip and could not stop talking about it. Now, she is looking forward to the Wimbledon tennis championship in the Summer.”

And one of the students wrote:

“Thank you for letting me do the Wimbledon recording day. Hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did. Can't wait to hear the final version.”

Please take a look at some of the photos taken on the day