‘When we see images of the strange mathematical beasts lurking at the heart of the natural world – fractal landscapes, the Fibonacci series, the Strange attractors that beat at the heart of chaos – it is always the dizzying spirals of Bach that come to mind.’ Douglas Adams
They’ve been to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, and looked inside the smallest atom. But this year the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are going on an even greater adventure – looking inside you.
Physics, biology, maths and philosophy all collide in a new edition of the Bach, the Universe and Everything series, exploring the big questions of human nature. With guest scientists exploring subjects such as the brain, cells, artificial intelligence, and quantum biology, it will be a thrilling ride into cutting edge thinking on what makes you, well, ‘you’.
These stimulating Sunday morning concerts mix science talks and activities with a different cantata every month by Bach, whose music, in a different way, helps you comprehend the wonders of nature.
With a fascinating readings, beautiful choral music and even a little bit of communal singing thrown into the mix, it’s a place where you can bond with music lovers. Feel invigorated, energised and inspired for the week ahead – there is no better way to start your Sunday.
What is a cantata?
Cantata literally means ‘sung’. Bach wrote more than 200 of these pieces, many for the Sunday services at the churches where he worked.
Each one lasts around 20 – 30 minutes, always sung and with a musical accompaniment (rather than being sung a cappella). They all tell a story. Some were written for particular dates in the church calendar. Others, such as the famous Coffee Cantata, told different stories, like short operas.
Watch the video explanation.