Moonbury Rings & Apollo: One Giant Leap

Fifty years ago next year man went to the moon! And next year Dorchester Arts will celebrate the anniversary of this monumental moment in human history with a huge outdoor musical event in Maumbury Rings, Dorchester – rechristened Moonbury Rings for a whole weekend of celebrations.

Apollo – One Giant Leap! is a cantata for children’s voices and 12 musicians written by local composer Geof Edge. A project to perform the piece on a huge scale will start early next year and will involve children of all ages through workshops in schools connected to science, music, singing, drama and art – all about the moon and space. On Friday July 19th more than 500 children will join in a performance led by the projects musical director Alasdair Malloy – one of the UK’s finest percussionists and conductors. The public will have a chance to join in too – watch out for a special online tool next year that will allow anyone who wants to learn part of the music to come along and sing on the night!

Luke Jerram’s internationally famous Museum of the Moon will shine over the whole event – a 7 metre diameter, inflatable giant moon, suspended over Maumbury Rings. Much more news will follow about this fabulous art installation, which travels from place to place, gathering new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

In the meantime you can find out all about it at

With an moon-themed Outdoor Cinema event from the Town Council on Saturday 20th and a Family Science Day on Sunday 20th, Moonbury Rings is set to be one of the highlights of 2019…and something for the youngsters to remember for the next 5 years when they look back on the centenary of the landings…maybe from Mars!

Thanks to the following for their invaluable support

The Bunbury Trust

Dorset Business Network

…and the many amazing donors to our Crowdfunder appeal