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‘Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.’ – 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.

Each month, experience some of Bach’s greatest music and a ground-breaking talk from the world of physics and astronomy. This season, the OAE look up into the night sky to see what’s out there – exploring alien life, distant worlds and how we might one day reach them. With a bit of communal singing and conversation, it’s a place where you can bond with music lovers and unravel the mysteries of our universe. Feel invigorated, energised and inspired for the week ahead – there is no better way to start your Sunday.

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SAVE 25% when you book all 6 BTUAE concerts
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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Worlds Beyond

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

The music: A deep meditation on God’s will, with standout moments for oboe and tenor and bass singers. The science: Is there life on other worlds? Science is slowly getting closer to finding an answer.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Engineering for Space

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

The music: The OAE perform one of Bach’s Christmas cantatas, this one written for the Feast of John the Evangelist. The science: Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the presenter of the BBC’s legendary The Sky at Night series tells us about the challenges of engineering for space.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – The Mystery of ‘Oumuamua

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

The music: The OAE perform the cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, 1725. The science: Last year scientists, led by Professor Alan Fitzsimmons, discovered ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to pass through our solar system.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Cosmic Dawn

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

The music: A cantata written when Bach was very busy – he was expected to produce six over the course of a month at the same time that he was writing the St John Passion. The science: How did the universe emerge from its dark ages after the Big Bang? Dr Emma Chapman tells us more...

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Hunting for Aliens

Classical / Bach, the Universe & Everything

The music: This theatrical cantata opens with an anguished tenor aria and remains one of the most furious and intense of the collection. The science: Professor Lewis Dartnell closes the season with a look at the latest research in astrobiology – the search for extraterrestrial life.

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