Moonbury Rings & Apollo – One Giant Leap!

Fifty years ago this July man went to the moon! And Dorchester Arts will celebrate the anniversary of this monumental moment in human history with a huge – free – 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 has already started 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 500 children will join in a performance led by the project’s 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 that will allow anyone who wants to learn part of the music to come along and sing on the night! The music will be preceded by a parade of artworks, which will then be displayed in the Rings throughout the weekend. 

Luke Jerram’s internationally famous Museum of the Moon will shine over the whole event – a 7-metre diameter giant moon, suspended over Maumbury Rings! Find out all about it at www.moonburyrings.co.uk

With a moon-themed Outdoor Cinema event on Saturday 20th and a Family Science Day on Sunday 21st, Moonbury Rings is set to be one of the highlights of 2019…and something for to remember for the next 50 years when we look back…maybe from Mars!

Thanks to the following for their invaluable support:

Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Foundation

Valentine Trust

Dorchester Bid

Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club

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…and the many amazing donors to our Crowdfunder appeal