- To bring together the worlds of science and the arts
- To advance understanding of the value of music and other art forms to the mind, brain and body
CLICK HERE for videos and transcripts from our conferences on:
- Worlds in Collision: Music and the Trauma of War
- The Beethoven Question: Can Art Make Life Worth Living?
- Why Music? Is Music Different from the Other Arts?
The Musical Brain Study Day in the Kings Place Chamber Classics Unwrapped series
50 Top Chamber Classics and why we love them
Saturday 28 June 2014 10.30am - 5pm
These 50 chamber music works, selected by the Kings Place audience together with BBC Music Magazine readers, form the core of this year-long Chamber Classics Unwrapped
Speakers include: Professor Michael Trimble, Stephen Johnson and Ian Brown
Why have so many music lovers chosen these particular works as their top 50 chamber music pieces? Is it because the emotional intensity of the music makes them happy, or sends chills down their spines, or makes them cry? Beethoven was reduced to tears by the Cavatina from his Quartet, Op. 130, and Tolstoy famously wept at the slow movement of Tchaikovsky's First Quartet. Stephen Johnson, neuroscientist Michael Trimble, Emeritus Professor of the Institute of Neurology, the outstanding chamber music performer, pianist Ian Brown, and other guest speakers, address the questions: What do these pieces have in common? How is beauty registered in the brain? Which keys make us happy, which keys make us sad? A day of illustrated talks, debate and open discussion.