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Bach, the Universe and Everything: Here Comes the Sun

As we start another cycle around the Sun, the SS Enlightenment starts its journey for home with a soul-searching cantata.
London, Kings Place £19.50 + transaction fee Book Now


Herr Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht from Harmonische Seelenlust
MORALES Sancta et immaculata virginitas
JS BACH Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (Ah God, how much heartache?), BWV 3
PEPUSCH Overture to Venus and Adonis

Jessica Cale soprano
Frances Gregory mezzo-soprano
Jeremy Budd tenor
Malachy Frame baritone

Dan Simpson guest speaker

In the first Bach, the Universe and Everything of 2024, our cantata is Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (Ah God, how much heartache?), BWV 3, a work that begins elegiacally before it turns fiery then joyous. Our guest speaker is Dan Simpson, who has recently been poet-in-residence at Kielder Observatory and explores ideas around how scientific methods can still enhance our sense of wonder and beauty.

Please note change to advertised programme: Unfortunately Professor Lucie Green is unable to speak at this event. We are grateful to Dan Simpson for stepping in at short notice.

Bach, the Universe and Everything is our concert series with a difference. Guided by the work of JS Bach, composer and intergalactic genius, our mission is to explore the human desire to better understand our place in the cosmos through his 200 cantatas. Each concert is built around a Bach cantata and a talk from a guest scientific speaker, alongside choral and instrumental music by other baroque and renaissance composers.

Series music director: Steven Devine