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Wed, 12 Apr


Brunel Museum, London

The Gagarin Quartets 4pm

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 4pm
The Gagarin Quartets 4pm

Time & Location

12 Apr 2023, 16:00 – 18:00

Brunel Museum, London, Railway Ave, London SE16 4LF, UK

About the event

orbiting earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is…let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it! - Yuri Gagarin

For two performances only in a unique underground location, take your seat and orbit the earth with music composed by Nicholas de Carlo, inspired by Yuri Gagarin’s astonishing 108-minute inaugural voyage, performed by Modulus Quartet on the anniversary of Gagarin's flight.

Tracing the exhilarating flight with shimmering and melodic motifs, Gagarin Quartets will take you from mission launch through rapid sunset; lost behind the dark side of the earth to a starry new dawn, then tumbling over the skies of Africa and finally a hero’s arrival.

spiritually soaring...the performance stunned the audience with rich tonalities and cascading ripples into a well deserved standing ovation - Bandola, DJ

This dramatic yet minimalist string quartet score is augmented by soundscapes and film projections, creating a truly immersive event over 108 minutes in this historic and atmospheric venue.

Modulus Quartet explore new ways of presenting contemporary music, performing in unusual venues and incorporating visual arts and multi-media technology.

A treat for both the eyes and the ears and events not to be missed - Musician Magazine

Nicholas de Carlo’s music seeks to explore symbolic interpretations of subject matter and story. Previous projects include Tempelhof Airport, Berlin Stations, Women of Troy, Othello, The Human Body and Gagarin with previous albums ‘ Gagarin - Son of The Earth’ & ‘Gagarin - Returns’

Wonderful & unlike anything else I’ve experienced

An utterly captivating performance

Mesmerising, thought-provoking & spiritually uplifting


All comments from audience members

Modulus Quartet - string quartet

Nicholas de Carlo - composer

Films & lighting by

Johnny Goddard & Julian Bigg


The concert will be located at the bottom of the Thames Tunnel Shaft’s stairwell, please note there is no lift access. Wheelchair users and those with limited mobility can view from the “Royal Box” viewing platform at the entrance at the top.

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