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Cultural encounters: what’s in a letter from Lord Kelvin?
22 November, 2017, 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Join us for an exclusive world première: a live performance of music for solo natural horn by composer Jane Stanley (Music, University of Glasgow) especially commissioned for the Being Human festival. The accompanying talk by Thomas Sefton (Geography and Earth Science, University of Glasgow) uncovers the inspiration for this new piece of music: the letters of Glasgow’s Lord Kelvin, physicist and keen horn player.
Cultural encounters: what’s in a letter?
The ‘Cultural encounters’ series includes five talks, each with live music and a different letter-writer. We consider current global and international relationships and explore the place of letters in history, musical culture and everyday life.
How do people around the world connect with each other? For centuries, letters have brought the world to Scotland and Scotland to the world. Join us to rediscover some of Scotland’s letter-writers, from scientists and musicians to politicians, prisoners and royalty. What is lost in transit and what connections can be found, both between the original letter-writers and readers today?