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Space Animals

Bach, the Universe and Everything

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Sun 15 Dec
Classical

Space Animals

Bach, the Universe and Everything

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Gibbons Thus Angels Sung
Bach Schwingt freudig euch empor (Soar joyfully upwards to the exalted stars), BWV 36
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Steven Devine director 
Helen Arney guest speaker

For our pre-Christmas edition of Bach, the Universe and Everything, we are joined by Helen Arney – science communicator, comedian, songwriter and 33.33% of The Festival of the Spoken Nerd.


At a time of year when our thoughts might turn to heroic journeys made by an animal, Helen guides us through a short history of animals who have headed starwards in the service of space exploration.

Composed for the First Sunday of Advent in 1731, Schwingt freudig euch empor zu den erhabnen Sternen (Soar joyfully upwards to the exalted stars, BWV 36) is an extended two-part cantata in which we find Bach at his most jubilant.


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.

This performance will last approximately 1 hour, without an interval.


‘He was wrong to think he could now forget that the big, hard, oily, dirty, rainbow-hung Earth on which he lived was a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot lost in the unimaginable infinity of the Universe.’

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 

Date:Sun 15 Dec
Start time:11.30am (Doors: 11am)
Venue:Hall One
Price:£8.50-£20.00
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