Bach, the Universe and Everything: Voice Doctor

In this episode, Dr Declan Costello talks us through the mysterious world of vocal anatomy.

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We like to think of the series as a community, similar to the one Bach enjoyed in Leipzig when he wrote a new cantata almost every month for the church where he worked from 1723 until his death in 1750. Then, the congregation was as open to science and new ideas as it was brought together by faith. It is in that spirit that we come together for a thought-provoking cantata and a talk from a leading expert in the field of science. In this episode, we perform Bach’s Cantata BWV 9 about healing, followed by a secular sermon from the ‘Voice Doctor’ Dr Declan Costello on the mysterious world of vocal anatomy.

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