Written out of a fascination with astrology, Holst’s The Planets was first performed 100 years ago. But what would it sound like if created today?
Inspired by modern astronomy and music, the adventurous Ligeti Quartet perform eight new planetary works, created especially for planetaria, by eight composers spanning contemporary classical, electronica to jazz. Exploring the domes’ unique design with live visuals, The Planets 2018 takes you on an astronomical journey into new music.
Music and science collide as composers Ayanna Witter Johnson, Deborah Pritchard, Laurence Crane, Mira Calix, Richard Bullen, Shiva Feshareki, Samuel Bordoli and Yazz Ahmed connect with astronomers to explore the modern science of our solar system. Taking inspiration from the latest explorations of Mars, Earth, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Uranus, Jupiter and Neptune, sit back, look up and discover The Planets 2018. Each new piece of music will be introduced by the voice of comedian Jon Culshaw (Dead Ringers, Newzoids and Spitting Image), a lifelong astronomy enthusiast and part of The Sky at Night team.
A Live Music Sculpture event produced by Sound UK. Funded by Arts Council England National Lottery and RVW Trust.
There will also be a pre-concert talk by Professor Carl Murray who has been working with Yazz Ahmed on her five-minute piece inspired by Saturn.