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Sat, 18 May



The Gagarin Quartets

An immersive concert with twelve new string quartet pieces charting the first orbit of earth by starman Yuri Gagarin during the height of the cold war.

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The Gagarin Quartets
The Gagarin Quartets

Time & Location

18 May 2024, 19:00 – 21:00

Hailsham, George St, Hailsham BN27 1AE, UK

About the event

Gagarin Quartets is an acclaimed sight and sound project exploring humanity’s first journey into space, created by composer Nicholas de Carlo. It comprises an original score for string quartet, performed live by the Modulus Quartet, and lighting, curated film and original animations by Jonny Godard and Julian Bigg. Like Gagarin’s flight, the performance lasts 108 minutes.

‘I wanted to imagine’ writes de Carlo ‘what those 108 minutes were like on a purely human scale, to try to communicate or illuminate the sheer dread, wonder and beauty of being the first human to leave the Earth, and to return.’

The Hailsham Pavilion, with its beautifully restored interior reminiscent of the ‘Golden Age’ of cinema, makes a perfect setting for this unique audio-visual experience.

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