Leicester Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the city’s long-standing contribution to space exploration with a programme of appropriate music, the highlight of which is The Planets Suite, by Gustav Holst.

Saturday 9 March 2019, 7.30pm • De Montfort Hall


Conductor: John Andrews

Williams: Star Wars, ET, Close Encounters; Goldsmith: Star Trek; Holst: The Planets

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The concert at the De Montfort Hall will be preceded by a range of activities and discussion about the Planets organised with the University of Leicester’s Physics and Astronomy Department. The University of Leicester’s proud achievement is that every year since 1969, something developed there has gone into space.

For the first half of the concert the orchestra will play other familiar music from space related films including – Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars and ET. The second half features Holst’s famous suite The Planets, which depicts 7 of the planets in musical form and features a selection of famous tunes.

Among the free pre-concert features will be a display by the University of Leicester of a planeterella – a Bell-jar like environment simulating pace light activity – in the Hall’s Garden Suite, as well as a display of meteorites. The pre-concert discussion and activities will begin at 6.30pm.

The panel discussion at 6.30pm, includes LSO conductor John Andrews discussing the music; Dr Gillian Butcher talking on the history of space science and Dr Jane MacArthur discussing science in space.

Find out how to buy tickets here.