The Planets 2018

Written out of a fascination with astrology, Holst’s The Planets was first performed 100 years ago. But what would it sound like if created today?

Inspired by modern astronomy and music, the adventurous Ligeti Quartet perform eight new planetary works, created especially for planetaria, by eight 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 (Dead Ringers, Newzoids and Spitting Image), a lifelong astronomy enthusiast and part of The Sky at Night team.

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

 There will also be a pre-concert talk by Professor Carl Murray who has been working with Yazz Ahmed on her five-minute piece inspired by Saturn.


Professor Carl Murray Bio

Carl is a Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London.  He is a planetary scientist interested in the motion of all objects in the solar system, from dust to planets, and has co-authored the standard textbook on the subject, “Solar System Dynamics”.  In 1990 he was selected as a member of the camera team for the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and worked on the project until the demise of the spacecraft in September 2017.  Carl is particularly interested in the dynamics of Saturn’s rings and their gravitational interaction with small moons.  He is an Associate Scientist on the camera team for ESA’s forthcoming JUICE mission to Jupiter and Ganymede.  In his career he has held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, a SERC Advanced Fellowship and a PPARC Senior Research Fellowship.  After obtaining his BSc and PhD from Queen Mary he worked as a postdoc at Cornell University between 1980 and 1982 before returning to a postdoc position at Queen Mary where he has remained ever since.

Evening Schedule

Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Drinks and light refreshments will be available from The Hub Café and licensed bar.

7pm - Pre-concert talk from Professor Carl Murray 

7:30pm - The Planets 2018 performance

8:30pm - Event ends


Adults: £18

Children/Students: £15

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