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Teignmouth Community Choir perform at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:56 14 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:30 20 February 2013

Teignmouth Community Choir perform at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

Teignmouth Community Choir perform at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth

Even the coach driver joined in the singing at Teignmouth & Ivybridge Community Choirs' performance on 3rd July 2010 at Sidmouth's Norman Lockyer Observatory!

Even the coach driver joined in the singing at Teignmouth & Ivybridge Community Choirs recent performance at Sidmouths Norman Lockyer Observatory!

Founded by - and named after - the astronomer who discovered helium by observing the suns spectrum - the Observatory had never before hosted an event quite like this. The choirs performed their musical director David Haines' science oratorioPowers of Ten - from Quark to Cosmos.This increasingly well-known sequence of songs in all styles from jazz to classical, pop to rap comprises a journey in song through the universe of magnitudes, from the smallest (strings, quarks and atoms) to the largest (red supergiants, black holes and galaxies). Solos performed by Mavis Sharp, Gaelle Hammond and Julian Clutterbuck received especially warm applause from the enthusiastic audience.

Both singers and audience members were treated to a fascinating tour of the observatory and intriguing planetarium show before the performance. The observatory laid on a sumptuous interval feast, with desserts and cakes contributed by choir members, and some members stayed on to observe Venus shining brilliantly in the West as dusk fell, followed by the spectacular sight of the International Space Station passing right overhead from horizon to horizon in just a minute or two.

Professor Herbert MacGregor from Exeter University confessed to being amazed by the performance. I never imagined that songs about science could be so tuneful and catchy he said afterwards, especially when they manage to contain so much accurate scientific information.

The Observatorys Carol Boote said she was absolutely delighted by the whole evening. The music was wonderful, the atmosphere was electric, and the whole event went off like clockwork.

The next time the choirs will be performingPowers of Tenwill be at the British Science Festival in Birmingham on 17th September, then some members plan to attend the gala performance featuring over two hundred performers which will open the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC on Powers of Ten Day, 10.10.10. I can hardly believe that my songs will be inaugurating Americas first national science festival said David. It really is a dream come true!

The choirs next public event will be a 3-hour cruise on the River Exe on 16th July, leaving from Starcross at 6.45pm. Passengers will be invited to join in with a few songs, or just listen and munch away on their picnics. For more details see the website at CommunityChoir.co.uk or call 01626 870107.

Teignmouth Community Choir is open to all. Call David on 01626 779690 if youre interested in attending a rehearsal to see what its like.

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