Celebrating Science

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Duration: 35 minutes

As part of the BBC's World of Wonder Year of Science, Diane Louise Jordan discovers more about the wonders of the universe on a visit to Cambridge. She also meets leading scientists, including the Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, and introduces a feast of hymns from the university city's church and college chapels.

Music Played

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  • Image for Congregation of Gt St Mary’s the University Church + organist Sam Hayes + conductor John Rutter

    Congregation of Gt St Mary’s the University Church + organist Sam Hayes + conductor John Rutter Creator Of The Stars Of Night

    Music: Thomas Tallis (c1505-85) shortened by Thomas Ravenscroft, Psalmes, 1621 Tune: Tallis’s Canon Words: 7th C tr J M Neale

  • Image for Trinity College Choir + organist Michael Waldron + conductor Stephen Layton

    Trinity College Choir + organist Michael Waldron + conductor Stephen Layton From Thee All Skill and Science Flow

    Music: A R Reinagle (1799-1877) Words: Charles Kingsley (1819-75) Tune: St Peter

  • Image for Trinity College Choir + organist Michael Waldron + conductor Stephen Layton

    Trinity College Choir + organist Michael Waldron + conductor Stephen Layton The Spacious Firmament On High

    Music: John Sheeles (1688-1761) Tune: Addison’s Words: Joseph Addison (1672-1719) based on Psalm 19

  • Image for Congregation of Gt St Mary’s the University Church + organist Sam Hayes + conductor John Rutter

    Congregation of Gt St Mary’s the University Church + organist Sam Hayes + conductor John Rutter All My Hope On God Is Founded

    Herbert Howells (1892-1983) Tune: Michael Words: Robert Bridges (1844-1930) altd based on Joachim Neander (1650-80) From: SOP Hymnbook #281 Pg528/9 Oxford University Press, BBC Books 1997 ISBN 0 19 147325-1 this compilation © Oxford University Press 1997

  • Image for The King's Singers

    The King's Singers Breathe On Me, Breath Of God

    Music: Ronald Foot – Pub 1975 SP&S Ltd Words: Edwin Hatch (1835-89)

  • Image for St John's College Choir + organist John Challenger + conductor Andrew Nethsingha

    St John's College Choir + organist John Challenger + conductor Andrew Nethsingha Creator Of The Earth & Skies

    Music: William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) Descant: Andrew Nethsingha Tune: Penitence - by Wm Lloyd Webber Words: Donald Hughes (1911-67)

  • Image for Congregation of Gt St Mary’s the University Church + organist Sam Hayes + conductor John Rutter

    Congregation of Gt St Mary’s the University Church + organist Sam Hayes + conductor John Rutter How Shall I Sing That Majesty

    Music: Ken Naylor (1931-91) Tune: Coe Fen Words: John Mason c1645-94)

  • Factsheet for Sunday 2nd May

    Presented by Diane Louise Jordan from Cambridge

  • Contributors and Interviews

  • Dr Allan Chapman

    Dr Chapman is a member of the Faculty of History at Oxford University, based at Wadham College. He is very much in demand as public speaker giving lectures all over the country. He has written many books including a popular biography of Robert Hooke entitled England's Leonardo.

  • Professor Lord Martin Rees

    Professor Rees has been called "the most influential and highly regarded British astronomer of his generation". He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge since 2004 and in 2005 was elected President of The Royal Society. He has conducted significant research into the origins of the universe and has authored a host of books popularizing such theories for laypeople including Before the Beginning - Our Universe and Others and Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe.

  • Dr Anna Goodman

    Dr Goodman is a neuroscientist based at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair. Her area of research is Neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Huntington’s Disease.

    For more information on Huntington’s Disease please contact the Huntington’s Disease Association or visit their website.

    Huntington's Dieseas Association
  • The Rev. Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS

    John Polkinghorne worked in the field of particle Physics at the University of Cambridge for many years before resigning to study for the priesthood, becoming an ordained Anglican priest in 1982. He served as the president of Queen's College, Cambridge from 1988 until 1996.

    He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974, was knighted in 1997 and in 2002 received the Templeton Prize awarded for exceptional contributions to affirming life's spiritual dimension. He has written extensively on the relationship between science and religion including Belief in God in an Age of Science and Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion.

  • Professor Bob White FRS

    Bob White is Professor of Geophysics in the Earth Sciences department of Cambridge University. He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 1994. He has written several books and articles about his field and about Science and Religion. He is currently writing a book about Natural Disasters.

    Professor White is also co-founder and Associate Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Based in St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, it is an enterprise that promotes discussion and provides resources on the subject of science and faith, frequently inviting top scientists from all over the world to give lectures. They have recently launched “Test of Faith” a set of DVDs and written resources for churches.

    The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
  • Test of Fath Website

    Test of Faith
  • Music

  • John Rutter CBE

    John Rutter CBE is one of the most successful and well-known composers of choral music in Britain today. His compositions and arrangements are popular with choirs around the world and he travels widely as a conductor and lecturer. He read music at Clare College, Cambridge, later becoming director of music at the college, and still lives in Cambridge today. In 1981 he founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made many recordings sacred choral repertoire.

    Collegium Records
  • Choirs of Great St Mary’s

    The congregational hymn singing at Great St Mary’s the University Church was led by the Choirs of Great St Mary’s and accompanied on the University Organ by Great St Mary’s Director of Music, Sam Hayes and conducted by John Rutter. The Parish Choir includes boy trebles, adult altos, tenors and basses. In addition there is a Girls’ Choir, a Junior Choir and an Occasional Choir of adults.

    Great St Mary's
  • St John’s College Choir

    St John’s College Choir were accompanied by organist John Challenger and
    conducted by Andrew Nethsingha. The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge is one
    of the finest collegiate choirs in the world – known and loved by millions from its
    recordings, broadcasts and concert tours. The Choir is directed by Mr Andrew
    Nethsingha, who has previously been Director of Music at Gloucester and Truro
    Cathedrals. The services follow the Cathedral tradition of the Church of England,
    Evensong being sung during Term six days a week and Sung Eucharist in addition
    on Sunday mornings. It has fulfilled this role in the life of the College since the 1670s.

    St John’s College Choir
  • Trinity College Choir

    Trinity College Choir were accompanied by organist Michael Waldron and conducted by Stephen Layton. Trinity's Music Society (TCMS) is one of the largest and most active College societies in the University. The Chapel Choir is a mixed choir whose primary function is to sing choral services in the Tudor chapel of Trinity College, as well as concerts both in Cambridge and around the world.

    Trinity College Cambridge
  • The King’s Singers

    The King’s Singers are David Hurley (countertenor), Paul Phoenix (tenor), Philip Lawson (baritone), Christopher Gabbitas (baritone), Stephen Connolly (bass) and new recruit 26 year-old Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor). Since the group was founded at King’s College, Cambridge 41 years ago, there have only ever been twenty-two King’s Singers including the current six: very few given the demanding nature of the full-time job which requires a unique blend of musicianship, vocal ability and charisma, not to mention the stamina to be on tour for nine months of the year. They continue to be one of the most sought-after and critically acclaimed vocal ensembles in the world.

    The King’s Singers
  • Music Advisers

    Robert Prizeman
    Andrew Earis - Dr Andrew Earis is Director of Music at the London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

  • Locations

  • Gt St Mary’s The University Church

    St Mary’s Passage
    Cambridge CB2 1PQ
    Tel: 01223 741 716

    Gt St Mary’s The University Church
  • St John’s College Chapel

    St John’s College Choir were recorded at:-
    St John’s College Chapel
    St John’s College, St John’s Street, Cambridge. CB2 1TP Tel: 01223 338600

    St John’s College Chapel
  • Trinity College Chapel

    Trinity College Choir were recorded at:-
    Trinity College Chapel
    Trinity College, Trinity Street, Cambridge. CB2 1TQ Tel: 01223 338400

    Trinity College Chapel
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    The King’s Singers were recorded at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Cambridge, know locally as The Round Church. The church is situated in Sidney Street. CB2 Tel: 01223 871621
    Open Mon-Sat 9am-7pm

    Christian Heritage UK
  • The Science Museum

    The children of Parkstreet Primary School were filmed at The Science Museum in London, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD.
    The Museum is open from 10am – 6pm every day except 24 to 26 December.
    Entry is free, but charges apply for the IMAX 3D Cinema, simulators and some special exhibitions.

    The Science Museum
  • The Whipple Museum

    Overlay material of old scientific equipment was filmed at The Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, Free School Lane, Cambridge. CB2 3RH
    Opening times Mon – Fri 1230-1630 Closed Bank Holidays
    The Museum is closed for a few days at Christmas and Easter Tel: 01223 330906 for details. There is no admission fee though donations are always welcome.

    The Whipple Museum
  • Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

    Professor Bob White was filmed at Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge. Tel: 01223 333456
    The Museum is free to all though donations are always welcome. Opening times Mon – Fri 1000-1300 and 1400-1700 Sat 1000-1600. The Museum is closed on Bank Holidays.

    Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
  • Miscellaneous info

  • University of Cambridge

    More information about the University of Cambridge may be found at the univeristy's website.

    University of Cambridge
  • The Royal Society

    More information about The Royal Society can be found at The Royal Society website.

    The Royal Society
  • ‘World of Wonder’

    More information about ‘World of Wonder’, the BBC’s year of science can be found at the BBC Science website.

    BBC Science

Credits

Presenter
Diane Louise Jordan
Producer
Sian Salt
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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