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Brian Cox to present 'What makes the perfect song?' event at ROH

Event to explore the relationship between physics and music.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

6 October 2014 at 11.33am | 4 Comments

Update: 13 November 2014 - Unfortunately due to matters beyond our control we are no longer able to live stream this event.

Physicist, broadcaster and musician Brian Cox is to chair a special ROH Insights session exploring the relationship between physics and music at the Royal Opera House on 24 November 2014.

Produced in collaboration with the Institute of PhysicsWhat makes the perfect song? will feature a panel of experts from both disciplines.

'The best arias in opera have some of the simplest tunes, yet some of those arias will last for centuries while other tunes being produced now may be forgotten in a year or two, and we want to ask why,' says Royal Opera House Creative Producer Tom Nelson. 'You could never forget Luciano Pavarotti’s performance of Nessun Dorma being used at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, but are there examples of contemporary songs that we will still be using as the theme tune for the 2116 World Cup? I think it’s a fascinating question.'

'We will also look at the structure and lyrics of songs and ask at a scientific level whether there is something in a tune that provokes an emotional response, or just produces something catchy.'

Tickets for the event will be available exclusively to those signed up to the Royal Opera House student scheme. Tickets are very limited in number but are available to book now.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

6 October 2014 at 11.33am

This article has been categorised Music and tagged acoustics, Brian Cox, CERN, Infinite Monkey Cage, livestream, musicology, physics, ROH Insights, science, Wonders of Life, Wonders of the Solar System, Wonders of the Universe, YouTube

This article has 4 comments

  1. Dana responded on 6 October 2014 at 3:15pm Reply

    This event looks really interesting.

    Unfortunately I had to wait 15 minutes on the box office phone line only to find out that it's open to students / members of the Institute of Physics and not the general public.

    It would have helped a little to have this booking condition made slightly more explicit on the event page, so the public don't have to spend time on the phone line to find out what those conditions are.

    Just a thought for next time.

    Thank you.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 7 October 2014 at 12:13pm

      Hi Dana,

      Glad you're looking forward to the stream.

      The booking details are referenced in the article above, but thanks for the feedback in regards to the event page - we'll take it on board.

      Thanks,

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

  2. Linda Cole responded on 9 October 2014 at 4:07pm Reply

    We plan on showing the live stream to our students during a special evening event. Please could you give me an indication of when it finishes?

    Thank you.

    Linda
    The Christian School (Takeley)

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 9 October 2014 at 5:11pm

      Hi Linda,

      The event will run for approximately 90 minutes, meaning it'll finish around 9pm BST.

      Thanks

      Chris
      ROH Content Producer

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