The second season of Bach, the Universe & Everything, a monthly science and music series from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Institute of Physics at Kings Place will be launched by BBC science broadcaster Dallas Campbell on Sunday 21 October with How to Leave the Planet.
Following a successful first series exploring physics, this season uses Bach’s cosmic music as a starting point to chart the science of space. Themed around a Bach cantata which explores the creator’s perspective on our world, the event will host an exhilarating talk from Dallas Campbell on the past and future of space travel, ending with the ‘Cavatina’ from Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major - the final track on the ‘Golden Record’ sent into space with the Voyager satellite. Audiences can mingle afterwards to discuss the science and music over coffee and cake, while enjoying interactive activities on the science of sound.
The series runs monthly on Sundays until 17 March. The next event Worlds beyond, on 25 November, features Professor Suzanne Aigrain, who looks for planets outside our solar system – known as exoplanets, detecting the ones that might harbour life. Then on 16 December Engineering for Space will see Sky at Night’s Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE discussing the challenges of building satellites.
Bach, the Universe & Everything builds on enduring public enthusiasm for space travel by featuring a broad range of scientists at the forefront of space research. High-profile figures like Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and TED speaker Professor Lewis Dartnell will help to bring a public face to ground-breaking research on subjects like the existence of extra-terrestrial life.