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Ely Cathedral

SCIENCE FESTIVAL - A TRIP TO THE MOON

22 May 2019 7pm

The Sun, Moon and Stars have long proved inspirational to composers. In this exciting, cosmically-themed organ recital, Edmund Aldhouse, Director of Music at Ely Cathedral, will perform awe-inspiring works which echo the music of the heavens and beyond. The audience will be entertained by excerpts from The Planets by Holst, Clair de Lune by Vierne and the theme from Star Wars. The programme also includes an improvised soundtrack alongside a visual enhancement showing the iconic silent movie 'A Trip to the Moon' (1902) which is regarded as one of the very first visual interpretations of the science fiction genre.

Georges Méliès' iconic short film 'A Trip to the Moon' (1902) is one of the earliest examples of the science fiction genre and influenced by the writing of Jules Verne. It was released a year before the first aircraft flight by the Wright Brothers and 67 years before Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, uttering those famous words 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'. Well within the space of a century, science fiction had become science fact.

Tickets £10, under 16s free

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