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The Undiscovered Universe

Our science and music series takes a look at the mysteries of physics.
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JS Bach Cantata, BWV 156 Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe

Dr Harry Cliff, University of Cambridge

Tickets for this physical concert are sold out but you can watch the live stream on KPlayer. Please book your digital ticket here.

The Science:
Physicists are grappling with the most profound problems they have ever faced; 95% of the universe is made of stuff that we can’t explain, the basic laws of nature are fundamentally at odds with each other and our best theories tell us that the universe shouldn’t exist in the first place. So far, all attempts to solve these problems have come up empty handed, including searches for new fundamental particles at the gigantic Large Hadron Collider. In this talk, Dr Harry Cliff will explore what the future may hold for the quest to understand the fundamental laws of nature.

The Music:
Continuing the theme of being on a quest to understand the future, today’s cantata is about the promise of a peaceful future when we are finally called by Gods grace.
The piece can be seen as a prayer, with repetitions of sequences and lyrics being woven in to an ever more passionate plea for the undiscovered joys of heaven to be revealed to us.
The Bach buffs among us may recognise the theme from the first movement of this cantata which the composer later arranged for his Harpsichord Concerto in F minor.

Music Director and organ Steven Devine


With thanks to the choir

Soprano Miriam Allan
Soprano Daisy Walford
Alto David Clegg
Alto Bethany Horak-Hallett* (Solo)
Tenor Jeremy Budd
Tenor Guy Cutting* (Solo)
Bass William Gaunt (Solo)
Bass Thomas Lowen

* denotes Rising Stars of the Enlightenment

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