Solar Wind Experiment | Concert on the Great Map


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19 October | 7pm & 8pm
National Maritime Museum, The Great Map

A new composition by Dominic Murcott for Theremin, choir and recorded voices, composed for the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. Performed by Lydia Kavina, who was taught by Léon Theremin himself and is one of the world's foremost Theremin players, and the choir of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel.

Join us on the Great Map for a concert exploring the solar wind experiments carried out during the Apollo missions, and the enduring mysterious quality of the Moon.

The unique instrumentation consists of a 12-piece choir from the Old Royal Naval College chapel choir, Lydia Kavina on Theremin and the recorded voices of visitors to the Moon exhibition, and their opinions on colonising the Moon. 

This will be an immersive and beautiful experience for the eyes as well as for the ears.

What is Solar Wind?

The solar wind is a stream of electrically charged particles that flows continually from the sun. When they hit the Earth’s atmosphere they cause the Aurora Borealis to be visible near the poles.

To measure the solar wind outside the Earth’s magnetosphere, astronauts on the Apollo missions conducted a series of Solar Wind Composition Experiments. Ultra-pure aluminum foil was exposed to the sun’s rays on the moon for between 77 minutes (Apollo 11) and 45 hours (Apollo 16). It is these experiments that have inspired this composition.

The piece will last for 30 minutes and suitable for all ages. Tickets are free but must be reserved.