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Tim Watts: Artist-in-residence, Institute of Astronomy

20 May 2019 5:30pm

To launch the spectacular Ely Cathedral Science Festival all are invited to this celebratory service of Choral Evensong led by our Cathedral Choirs. The music will be out of this world and there will be a World Premiere performance of a new Science Festival Commission by Composer Tim Watts, Artist in Residence at The Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University.

Tim's interest in the relationship between music and astronomy was sparked by a collaboration with the historian Ulinka Rublack on the opera, Kepler's Trial. This tells the story of the witchcraft trial of Johannes Kepler's mother, Katharina, and traces the collision of science and superstition in early seventeenth-century Germany. It was premiered in 2016 at St John's College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow, and performed again at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2017.

Key projects as part of his residency at the Institute of Astronomy include the new anthem for Ely Cathedral's Science Festival, and setting words from the biblical Book of Job and a new work for narrator and ensemble for the King's Lynn Festival (24 July 2019) telling the story of the Big Bang.