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Bach, the Universe & Everything

‘Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.’ – Douglas Adams

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds.

Bach wrote more than 200 cantatas, a sublime collection exploring everything from faith and hope to time and eternity. Enjoy a different cantata every month, put into context by an inspiring speaker exploring the physics and natural philosophy of Bach’s subject matter. With a little bit of communal singing and conversation afterwards, our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science.

Feel invigorated, energised and inspired for the week ahead – there is no better way to start a Sunday morning. 

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – What is Light?

Sunday, 26 November 2017 - 11:30am / Music

The music: It’s the end of the world as we know it as Bach explores the Last Judgement with powerful trumpets creating a dark sense of foreboding. The science: Our guest, on the other hand, brings light to proceedings. Sir John Pendry is a world-leading expert in his field who will explore the elusive question, ‘what is light?’.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Antimatter Matters

Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 11:30am / Music

The music: It’s Christmas time, so we perform a cantata Bach wrote for the festive period, 1723. The science: Bach’s music was all about symmetries. A world expert in antimatter, Professor Tara Shears explains how these elusive particles involve symmetries that are almost, but not quite perfect.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Time and Vision

Sunday, 14 January 2018 - 11:30am / Music

The music: To mark the New Year, a cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, notable for its unusual instruments, including timpani and three horns. The science: Joining us is experimental physicist Helen Gleeson, who produced the first graphene-based liquid crystal device.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Seeing Life in a New Light

Sunday, 18 February 2018 - 11:30am / Music

The music: One of Bach’s most varied cantatas. Mixing joyful arias with funeral sounds, it celebrates the glories of life and the sadness of death. The science: Professor Kishan Dholakia, a world expert in the physics of light, is fascinated by how photonic imaging can unravel the mysteries of the brain.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – We are Made of Star Stuff

Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 11:30am / Music

The music: With Easter approaching, we play Bach’s Palm Sunday cantata, telling the hopeful story of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. The science: Pioneering astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell explains how we’re all made of star stuff.

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