‘Collider’ is an audio-visual installation that lets visitors explore artefacts from the Large Hadron Collider, the most important experiment of our time, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, and examine the findings of its most significant discovery - the Higgs boson.
Led by conductor Matthew Coorey, players from the Philharmonia and Royal College of Music performed Richard Strauss’s iconic opening to Also sprach Zarathustra (a work immortalised in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey), as the exhibition was unveiled to host of expectant VIPs, including the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
The launch incorporated a day of events that saw a number of speeches made from leading scientists and writers including discoverer of the 'God Particle' Professor Peter Higgs, novelist Ian McEwan, and Professor Stephen Hawking (whose speech you can watch here).
David Whelton, Managing Director of the Philharmonia said of the event:
'it was a great privilege to launch this incredible exhibition, which captures the extraordinary work being undertaken at CERN, by the greatest physicists of our time, with an iconic work which reminds us yet again how beautifully music and the sciences complement each other.
Our relationship with the Science Museum stretches back to our Universe of Sound installation here in 2012 and we are delighted to be able to continue our association with them through this landmark exhibition.'
‘Collider’ continues at the Science Museum until 6 May 2014. For more information please click here.