Posted Jun 19 2019

Out of this world festival!

This summer's 50th anniversary of the moon landings has inspired our events programme.  We have joined up with the King's Lynn & District Astronomy Society to show off some of their lovely images of the moon and space, and are delighted they will join us at evening events on Tuesday 16 July at All Saints Church and Saturday 20 July at St Nicholas' Chapel.  This will give concert-goers the chance to use some of the group's telescopes, so fingers-crossed for clear skies!

On Tuesday 16 July the concert at All Saints is packed full of music from the Middle Ages to the present day inspired by space.  The concert by Sirinu, a group who sing and perform on period instruments, will appropriately mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11.

Saturday 20 July, the moon landing anniversary, will have three celebratory events.  In the afternoon, Dr Matthew Bothwell, Cambridge University Institute of Astronomy's outreach astronomer, will be in conversation with composer Tim Watts, before narrating Tim's composition to be performed by the Berkeley Ensemble in a world premiere.

The early evening concert at St Nicholas' Chapel will feature the London Handel Players performing 18th century astronomer and composer William Herschel's Symphony for Strings, along with some of Bach's best-known works.  The late evening concert features the newly-formed choral group, New Oxford Consort, with early music inspired by the heavens and the stars.

So join us and be uplifted this July!

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