Listening to the Sounds of Science!

March 30, 2016

The Sounds of Science was premiered on 30th March at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh

as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Sounds of Science is a three-way collaboration between solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, composer Jill Jarman and Wallbook author Christopher Lloyd. The project aims to demonstrate how a narrative timeline can be conveyed effectively through a soundscape.

They have taken nearly 100 moments from the What on Earth Wallbook of Science & Engineering that charts more than 1,000 inventions and discoveries stretching from the Stone Ages to the present day. These moments are featured in a 21-minute composition that uses orchestral and sample sounds with a solo percussion performance.


Sounds of Science has been performed at the following festivals and venues

Edinburgh Science Festival, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh

Borders Literary Festival, Melrose

Hay Literary Festival

Cheltenham Science Festival

Cambridge Corn Exchange


Plans for an orchestral world premier are underway. Please check back here for further details.

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