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Our Sunday morning music and science series connects Bach and the physics of DNA, with UCL's Professor Buzz Baum.
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Bach Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott (Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God) BWV 127

Professor Buzz Baum Professor of Cell Biology, University College London

Jessica Cale soprano
Hugo Hymas tenor
Dominic Sedgwick bass

Bach, the Universe and Everything is our very own Sunday service for inquiring and curious minds; a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science.

The science

‘My core interest has been in trying to think like a cell,’ says UCL’s Buzz Baum, who works at the intersection of biology and physics, trying to understand how cells evolve. He’s published a radical new theory as to how eukaryotic cells – which make up complex life forms such as ourselves – came to be.

The music

Written for the last Sunday before lent, the cantata BWV 127 repurposes a famous tune from Bach’s St Matthew Passion and features lovely writing for an oboe and recorders. Thematically, it’s a serious one, mostly about death and how it’s easier to face it with Jesus at your side.


"My core interest has been in trying to think like a cell."
Professor Buzz Baum. University College London

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Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Institute of Physics
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