The Heisenberg Ensemble together with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences will present a fascinating concert with a difference on Sunday 29 January at 7pm in the Younger Hall, St Andrews.

This will be the first event in an exciting venture linking music with our planet and beyond.  Music Planet will explore the ways in which natural phenomena are depicted in music.

Music will include the ‘Four Seasons’ as imagined by Vivaldi, Haydn’s depiction of chaos at the start at the start of his  ‘Creation’, huge storms on Mars
from Holst’s ‘The Planets’, gentle streams from Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, and a sunrise in music by Greig.

Soloist for Vivaldi’s ever-popular ‘The Four Seasons’ is acclaimed Scottish violinist Feargus Hetherington. Regularly voted one of the top-ten of best loved classical music works, ‘The Seasons’ are a dramatic and charmingly humorous depiction of life in all weathers!

The music will be complemented by photographs, images and video supplied by the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews. Links to the academic work will be given and the audience will have a chance to explore and discuss with academics the research behind the science.

Climate Change – Dr Rob Wilson and Dr Richard Bates; Planetary Sciences – Dr Clair Cousins and Dr Sami Mikhail; Early Life – Dr Aubrey Zerkle and Dr Tony Prave; Landscape Evolution Dr Ruth Robinson and Dr Michael Singer.

A concert with a difference -all the usual wonderful music but much more, too- which will have a wide-ranging appeal (suitable also for children aged 8 and above). Come early to look at the exhibition!…..

View the concert programme for more information here: Music Planet Programme


Tickets £12/ £10 concessions/ £5 students (accompanied children free) are available  from The Byre Theatre box office 01334 475000  and at the door.


  • Haydn – overture to ‘Creation’,
  • Holst – Mars from ‘The Planets’,
  • Beethoven- extracts from Pastoral Symphony
  • Greig – from the Peer Gynt Suit
  • Vivaldi – the ‘Four Seasons’