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In partnership with The Institute of Physics

J. S. Bach was an ambitious man. He was required to compose a vast body of sacred music for every occasion in the church calendar. So he did, at the rate of almost one a week. His legacy includes more than 200 cantatas and each one is a masterpiece. In this season of Bach, the Universe and Everything, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment pay tribute to the scale of Bach’s ambition by pairing his cantatas with talks from leading figures in the world of science on the nature of human ambition; our successes and the limitations that we still strive to overcome.

These stimulating Sunday morning concerts explore the ambitions of humankind through science, thought-provoking readings, beautiful choral music and even a little bit of communal singing thrown into the mix. It’s a place for curious minds to bond.

This season is presented in partnership with Kings Place, Oxford Mathematics and the Institute of Physics.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - The Voice Doctor - Online Event

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This cantata is all about healing and enlightenment, reflecting on humanity’s salvation by God’s grace alone. The dramatic weight of this music is emphasised by the voice of Christ in three sermon-like solos, performed by Rising Star bass Dominic Sedgwick. 

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment - Who we are in VR - Online Event

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The Music: BWV 138 is often described as one of Bach’s more experimental and modern cantatas.  The text draws upon the conflicting feelings of anxiety for what is unknown and the need to place faithful

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – The Time Traveler

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Leading physicist in spacetime wormholes Dr Fay Dowker, talks us through the competing philosophies on the passage of time, if, indeed, time passes at all.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Discovering Brain Dynamics of Music

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The neuroscience of music is starting to elucidate how music contributes to the experience of eudaimonia, a life well-lived.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – The Undiscovered Universe

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Through-out history, humans have turned to technology to overcome our own human, physical limitations.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Singing Through Time and Space

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Dr Edward Breen demonstrates how singers have adapted their voices and techniques throughout history.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Schooled by Randomness

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Tim Harford talks about how random obstacles and frustrations can inspire us to be more creative.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Choose Your Own Adventure

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Using predictive models and statistical analysis, Dr Sam Cohen challenges the notion of free will and control.

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