Five Stars in Auriga

Repertoire The Big Bang, by Eddie McGuire; Orbit, by Eddie McGuire; Five Stars in Auriga, by Eddie McGuire

A sequence of three of my works inspired by astrophysics are featuring at this September's Orkney International Science Festival. They are The Big Bang for solo trumpet a journey from the start of the universe to the flowering of human life today; Orbit in which 2 trumpeters revolve and orbit each other, but unlike the comets that crashed into Jupiter, spin off into deep space. Bede Williams performs these; but then there is Auriga - the Five Stars played by the Wallace Collection brass quintet in which each instrument portrays the character of the 5 stars. Interweaving between the pieces are narratives from science history devised by Howie Firth including a look at the telescope maker James Veitch in celebration of his 250th anniversary; Mary Somerville ''the queen of science'' and Michael Scot, the 12th century astronomer who translated Aristotle's 'Physics'.

Performers Bede Williams, The Wallace Collection
Promoter Orkney International Science Festival
Submitted by Eddie McGuire

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