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This is a past event from Manchester Science Festival 2017. 

Read more about The Making of Sentinel on the Museum of Science and Industry’s blog.

Sinewy synths, ethereal vocals and electro rhythms meld seamlessly with lasers and cutting-edge lighting & data visualisation for this captivating world-premiere performance inspired by climate change and forced migration. Written and performed by Richard Evans, whose previous musical credits include work with James and indie chart-topping new wave act St Vitus Dancers, this inspiring show will be followed by an in-depth panel discussion with climate scientists, evolutionary biologists and immunologists about the show’s compelling, challenging and thought-provoking themes. Sentinel is part of the Aeon: Miracle smartphone app project.

About Richard Evans – composer and creator of Sentinel

As a musician and songwriter, Richard wrote and performed with several new wave and pop bands during the 1980s and early 1990s, including a stint as keyboardist for James, appearing on the album Strip Mine (Sire Records, 1988) and as guitarist / songwriter for St Vitus Dancers on the indie chart-topping album Bullshit Detector 2 (Crass Records). He also toured with Playing At Trains (Warner-Chappell Music) for their 1987 single, A World Without Love.

Panellists include:

Dr Ed Hawkins – Principal Research Scientist in National Centre for Atmospheric Science
Professor David Robertson – Head of Viral Genomics and Bioinformatics, Centre for Virus Research
Dr Joanne Pennock – Immunologist, University of Manchester


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Age guidance

Adults and families 12+

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