Why Music? What makes music a vital part of being human?


  • Wellcome Collection 183 Euston Road London, NW1 2BE
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"From brain scans to world classical music premieres, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting live from Wellcome Collection throughout the last weekend in September. All tickets are free and are available on the Wellcome Collection website.

Why Music? will explore the power of music, over three days of live music, discussion and one-off programmes and events. Both Radio 3 listeners and Wellcome Collection visitors will discover how music manipulates our behaviour, shapes our brains and affects our physical and mental wellbeing, our language, literature and memory. Why Music? will be broadcast on Radio 3 and will also be available on iPlayer for 30 days.

As part of Why Music?, BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection will be presenting an all-night world broadcast premiere of SLEEP, Max Richter’s 8 hour lullaby."

Friday 25th September
Late Collection  22:15-0:00

Max Reinhardt and Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney present live performances from Cairney's Body of Songs project, inspired by parts of the body.

Saturday 26th September
Shaping The Brain 10:15 - 11:30
Soloists from the Aurora Orchestra and Marcus du Sautoy explore there way composers have worked patterns and mathematics from nature into their music.
The Psychiatrist At The Keyboard 13:45 - 16:00
Psychiatrist and concert pianist Richard Kogan investigates how the mental health of the great composers can be heard in their music.
Jazz Line-Up 17:45 - 19:30
Julian Joseph finds out how synthetically produced music and improvisation melds and interacts with human music making.  With live performances from leading musicians.
Hear and Now 21:45 - 00:00
Tom Service presents world premiers and recent music performed by soloists from the Aurora Orchestra and experimental pianist Sarah Nicolls.

Sunday 27th September
Music and Memory 11:15 - 13:00

Music psychologist Victoria Williamson and soloists from the Aurora Orchestra explore the role of music in memory.
Sounds of Nature 15:45 - 17:00
Andrew McGregor talks to wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson to discover connections between the sounds of the natural word and human music-making.

Information extracted from "Wellcome Collection" Sep-Nov 2015 brochure, for booking and more information, please visit the Wellcome Collection website here.