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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Being Human: a festival of humanities - The Music of Light: Concert’

14th November 2015, 16:00 to 17:00, Trevelyan College, Durham University, Elvet Hill Road


‘The Music of Light: Concert’ takes and explores the theme of light in music, and its connections to other expressions of the phenomenon and power of light. It will feature a world premiere of a new work, The Light, by local composer Janet Graham, as well as short pieces by Bach, Rachmaninov, Handel, Part and others. This musical journey from the Renaissance to contemporary society will be introduced with reflections on the ways in which music and physics share in a deep creative common structure, why light inspired so much wonderful music through the ages and whether music even help communicate some of the properties of light that physics helps us to understand. The concert, a collaboration with a local chamber choir, the Durham Singers, will be recorded. Supported by the Institute of Physics, during the UNESCO International Year of Light, and the RVW Trust, this event will coincide with the popular Durham Lumiere Festival.

This is a free event: but you will need to get hold of a ticket. These will be available from the World Heritage Visitor Centre, Durham.

Contact g.e.m.gasper@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.