In this article we will count down our top ten favourite popular songs written about extra-terrestrials and other worlds from the 1950s to date.
Space and time bend. Intuition falters. What do we really know? Monopoles is a weekend of exhibitions, talks and performances featuring cutting edge physics alongside award-winning art, film, poetry and music. Monopoles brings the search for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) into a Bermondsey art space. The weekend will open with […]
How has music evolved so dramatically? We tread the tricky path from tape to techno…
A voyage through a galaxy of favourite music from deep space and beyond, with lights, lasers and fireworks. Including works by Holst, Strauss and John Williams – perhaps the greatest film composer of all time and winner of over 40 prestigious awards, including 5 Oscars. Over the decades their music has accompanied us on epic […]
Night has fallen on the Grant Museum of Zoology, the doors are closed and the museum staff have gone home, but something is stirring. The bats wings are twitching and the pickled moles are uncurling because the world’s only improvising opera troupe, Impropera, have snuck in at twilight to sing the specimens to life. […]
With the help of the audience, presenters Tom Service and Sarah Walker and ‘Why Music?’ resident experts Victoria Williamson and Philip Ball look back over the weekend and discuss its highlights and discoveries. Speakers and performers Tom Service, broadcaster and author Sarah Walker, musician, writer and broadcaster Victoria Williamson, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow for Music at the […]
According to Darwin, the origins of verbal communication lie in a musical ‘protolanguage’, in which speech and song were one. The Descent of Language is a playful exploration of this ancestry and the unexpected ways it is revealed in everyday experience. Performed by vocal ensemble The Clerks and including audience participation, the programme features new […]