The Planets 2018

Meridian building and gallery closures

Due to important restoration works, the Meridian Gallery and Building will be closed to our visitors as of 7th of January until 15th of February 2019. Flamsteed House, the Octagon Room, Meridian Line, Great Equatorial Telescope and Meridian shop will be accessible as normal. 

Essential information

Date and time: 
29 September | 7:00pm - 8:30pm, 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Adult £23 | Concession £21 | Child £18
Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre, Peter Harrison Planetarium
Evenings and Lates
Members 10% Discount

Holst’s The Planets was first performed 100 years ago. But what would it sound like if created today?

Please note: A limited number of tickets are now available for a second performance of The Planets 2018 on the same date. This does not include a pre-concert talk and therefore has a half hour shorter runtime.

Written out of a fascination with astrology, Holst’s The Planets was first performed 100 years ago.

Inspired by modern astronomy and music, the adventurous Ligeti Quartet perform 8 new planetary works, created especially for planetariums, by 8 composers spanning contemporary classical, electronica to jazz. Exploring the domes’ unique design with live visuals, The Planets 2018 takes you on an astronomical journey into new music.

Music and science collide as composers Ayanna Witter Johnson, Deborah Pritchard, Laurence Crane, Mira Calix, Richard Bullen, Shiva Feshareki, Samuel Bordoli and Yazz Ahmed connect with astronomers to explore the modern science of our solar system. Taking inspiration from the latest explorations of Mars, Earth, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Uranus, Jupiter and Neptune, sit back, look up and discover The Planets 2018

Each new piece of music will be introduced by the voice of comedian Jon Culshaw, a lifelong astronomy enthusiast and judge of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

A Live Music Sculpture event produced by Sound UK. Funded by Arts Council England National Lottery and RVW Trust.