Doc/Fest: Sounds of the Cosmos

As part of the 2015 Sheffield Doc/Fest, a performance of Sounds of the Cosmos took place at the Crucible Theatre on 9 June 2015, in collaboration with creative producer Stewart Campbell (Department of Music). It involved a live performance of Gustav Holst's Planets Suite by the Sheffield Rep. Orchestra conducted by George Morton, interspersed with short astronomy talks, plus reworked visuals by local design agency Human (courtesy of financial support by STFC).

In addition, a panel discussion 'The making of...' took place within the Doc/Fest 'Ideas and science' strand (sponsored by Wellcome Trust) involving Stewart Campbell, Vanessa Toulmin, Nick Bax, George Morton and myself (video above).

Immediate feedback (via twitter) on Sounds of the Cosmos:

I had a wonderful time at #soundsofthecosmos last night. I felt like I was in a very educational sci-fi film! – Eloise Roberts

My mind is blown by #soundsofthecosmos – one of the best things I've seen and heard. Out of this world! – Sarah Boswell

Sounds of the Cosmos last night was great – fab music and learnt lots too. Off the Shelf

Sounds of the Cosmos tonight was amazing. Incredible performance by the Sheffield Rep. Orchestra and v. interesting talks from Paul Crowther. Beth Spark

A magical evening of science, music and wonderment. Congrats. Girl Gang Sheffield

Planet on a big screen

Image courtesy of Angelina Warburton

Orchestra on stage

Image courtesy of Marcia Vera

Elevated view of musicians on stage

Image courtesy of Doc/Fest

Orchestra with a crowd in the background

Image courtesy of Blueberry Talent

The orchestra and surrounding audience

Image courtesy of Nick Bax

Stage-level view of the orchestra and big screen

Image courtesy of Chella Quint

Panel discussion on stage

Image courtesy of Doc/Fest

George Morton and Paul Crowther

Image courtesy of George Morton