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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 – In Praise of Peptides

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

Today's performance marks 504 years to the day that Martin Luther began the reformation by nailing his theses to the church door. Plus Dr Louise Walport enlightens us on the many things in our epigenetics that we can thank peptides for.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Can you hear the shape of a drum?

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

Professor Jon Chapman from the University of Oxford invites us to ponder the fleeting moment when sound waves reach our ears before it disappears. Using some careful calculations, he suggests that we might even be able to hear the ‘shape’ of a drum.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Infant Musicality

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

Research on the sounds that caregivers exchange with infants has profound implications for the way we understand classical music; how we sing and play these scores and how music moves us.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – The Undiscovered Universe: Schooled by Randomness

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

Tim Harford talks about how random obstacles and frustrations can inspire us to be more creative, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform BWV 81 Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? (Jesus sleeps, what shall I hope for?)

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – The Undiscovered Universe: Take What is Yours and Go Away

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

CRISPR is the new technique in biomedical science that allows us to effectively cut out and fix glitches in our genes. The science is still pretty new, and some might say that advancements in gene-editing is controversial. In this talk we have the opportunity to learn more about the science behind the technique, and to make up our own mind.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – The Undiscovered Universe: Choose Your Own Adventure

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

In this talk, Professor Samuel Cohen from the University of Oxford encourages us to reflect on our personal ambitions and ask "How can I be sure that tomorrow's decisions will satisfy today's objectives?" 

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