Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything

4 Seasons

We like to think of the Bach, the Universe & Everything series as a community, similar to the one Bach enjoyed in Leipzig where he produced innovative music at an extraordinary rate for the weekly services at the church where he worked from 1723 until his death in 1750. Back then, the congregation was as open to science and new ideas as it was brought together by faith. It is in that spirit that we present these thought-provoking cantatas paired with a talk from some of the greatest minds of our time.

With thanks to our corporate sponsors Swan Turton, Duetz Champagne and Gramophone Magazine

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Bach, the Universe & Everything
  • The Mathematics of Decisions

    Episode 1

    In Bach, the Universe & Everything we bring together science and Bach cantatas to create a thought-provoking Sunday morning event.

    JS Bach  Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (Dearest Jesus, my Desire, BWV 32)
    This Cantata is the form of a dialogue between the soul and Jesus. Inspired by th...

  • Schooled by Randomness

    Episode 2

    The fourth appointment with the Series Bach the Universe and Everything
    Recorded on the 30th January at Kings Place

    Tim Harford joins us for this secular Sunday service.

    BWV 81 Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? (Jesus sleeps, what shall I hope for?)

    Read the programme https://issuu...

  • Schooled by Randmoness, programme

    19.4 MB

  • The Ultimate Gene Edit

    Episode 3

    BWV 144 Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin (Take what is yours and go away.)
    Cantata BWV 144 tells of the labourers from St Matthew's Gospel who feel that they have been underpaid. It begins with a merciless fugue: don’t complain and go away. Lest there was any confusion, Bach goes on to ...

  • The Ultimate Gene Edit, programme

    24 MB