"Music of the Spheres" – Exploring Harmony and Resonance in Physics and Music

Join us for a wondrous and music-filled evening of music and physics.

Music and Physics – what’s the connection? Most of us think of music as a very separate discipline from science, but we’d like to show you how music and physics share a world of resonance, proportion, time and wonder. We will explore music and the stars, the harmony of the planets in their orbits, the music of mathematics and geometry, music in medicine, and the music at the heart of the Universe!

Through a conversation  that will be chaired by national Irish broadcaster Leo Enright, experts in physics and music will explore, the origin of the scale and link to the planets and mathematical proportions, the physics of instrument making, historical and modern, the use of technology in understanding music of the past and creating contemporary music and the use of resonance and harmony in the frontiers of modern technology.

Speakers include astronomerProf. Andy Shearer, musical instrument research with expertise in scientific imaging and historical instrument context (focussing on the Celtic harp)Dr Karen Loomis, science of historical musical compositionDr Yonit Kosovskeand will include live musical performance  from harp player, singer and composer, Niamh O’BrienThe discussion will be chaired by journalist and broadcaster Leo Enright.

 The event will also include live music making, and interactive exhibitions from expert harp maker Natalie Surina; award winning luthier and violin maker, James Beatley and ‘Harmonics and Hyperbola’ with Ancient Irish Horns and Trumpets. Ancient Music Ireland will bring the audience on a journey of discovery showcasing the complex scientific features in the design through the playing of a selection of ancient Irish instruments www.ancientmusicireland.com @ancientmusic

Refreshments will be provided. 

This event is sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society.






O'Donoghue Centre, University of Galway


2 hours



Tickets €5 – To book click here