On 20 July 2005, two events take place at the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, focussing on the music of John Tavener. During the day there are presentations by Tavener, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub and Mr Babulal Sethia (cardiac surgeons) and Dr Philip Kilner (heart imaging specialist), to be followed by a panel-led audience discussion.
This workshop offers a unique opportunity to engage with world-renowned figures from the fields of music and medicine. The aim is to bring together artistic and scientific aspects of what it is to be human, particularly through the creation of music and the experiences of heart surgeons. The event is subsidised by a Wellcome Trust 'Sciart' Grant that is also supporting a new composition for dance by Sir John Tavener, entitled Laila, to be premiered at Sadler's Wells in September in collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor and heart specialists from the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
At 19:30 that evening, there is an informal evening of music with John Tavener and soprano Patricia Rozario, to include discussion about elements of the new work.
Admission to both events is free, and reserved numbered seats are available in advance from the box office: +44 (0)1223 335184