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Bach, the Universe & Everything - View From the Pale Blue Dot

Kings Place: Hall One90 York Way, London, Greater London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 18 December 202211:30

About Bach, the Universe and Everything:

This is a concert series with a difference. Across six Sunday morning events, we explore the human desire to understand our place in the cosmos, guided by the work of JS Bach – composer and intergalactic genius – through his 200 cantatas. As NASA shares images from the very first moments of time, we invite you to join us on a cosmic journey: each event is built around a Bach cantata and a talk from a guest scientist, writer or broadcaster, alongside choral and instrumental music.

In our Sunday morning Christmas special edition, Dallas Campbell explores the historical links between space travel, music and our quest to find life beyond earth.

Bach’s cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben was written for the Feast of the Visitation, which marks Mary’s visit to Elizabeth after her own encounter with other-worldly beings. A substantial and celebratory cantata it features four soloists, chorus and a large ensemble with trumpets, oboes and strings.

Dallas Campbell is a broadcaster and writer on science. As a presenter he is known for The Gadget Show (Channel 5), City in the Sky and Bang Goes the Theory (BBC). His first book is Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet.

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