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Prof Chris Lintott + Universe of Music with Steve Pretty

Presented by The Cosmic Shambles

This is an event from the 2019 edition

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Presented by The Cosmic Shambles

The Sky at Night’s Prof Chris Lintott presents The Crowd and the Cosmos, a fascinating account of the Zooniverse project, before being joined by celebrated musician Steve Pretty for a special version of their acclaimed Universe of Music show, with tales of the sound and the stars. A unique night of space!

Universe (of Music)
What’s the connection between astronomy and jazz? From William Herschel (discoverer of Uranus and professional musician) to Sun-Ra (jazz composer and wannabe astronaut) via Sir Patrick Moore and his xylophone, staring up at the cosmos’ mysteries has always had a close connection with music.
Proudly presented by The Cosmic Shambles Network, this evening of conversation, contemplation, science and music brings together two expert enthusiasts to explore each others’ domains. Astronomer Professor Chris Lintott (BBC’s The Sky at Night) brings the latest images from spacecraft strung out across the Solar System, and from the largest telescopes here on Earth, to take us from the beginning of the Universe to the future of the Universe. Musician Steve Pretty (Hackney Colliery Band) brings his trumpet, a drumming robot and a conch shell to explain what music is, where it comes from and how it can help us to understand the cosmos. And together they hunt for the Venn diagram in the middle.

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Prof Chris Lintott is best known as co-presenter of the BBC’s long-running The Sky at Night programme. He is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford, where he is also a research fellow at New College. As Principal Investigator of the Zooniverse, he leads a team who run the world’s most successful citizen science projects, allowing more than a million people to discover planets, transcribe ancient papyri or explore the Serengeti. A passionate advocate of the public understanding of science, he is also the author, with Queen guitarist Brian May and Sir Patrick Moore of two books, both available in more than 13 languages.


Steve Pretty co-ordinates and performs about 100 gigs a year with Hackney Colliery Band as a freelance trumpet player and has also played with Kelis, Sam Smith, Paul Epworth, John Paul Jones, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Cure, Paloma Faith, Jamie Cullum, Baaba Maal, Last Skeptik, Billy Bragg, Charlotte Church, Azekel, Eliza Doolittle and Eric Idle.


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Saturday 26 October
The Octagon Chapel
Cost: £8
Age: 12+

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