Sir William Herschel was a German-born British musician who became interested in astronomy later in life, building his own telescopes here in Bath and discovering Uranus in 1781 from the garden. He went on to become a full-time astronomer employed by George III.
By working closely with the William Herschel Society, the Herschel Ensemble now promotes his musical legacy through concerts, lectures, recitals and workshops. The ensemble have also released the first complete recording of Herschel’s Six Keyboard Sonatas.
The programme will include William Herschel’s Keyboard Sonata with accompaniment no.1 in C major, Te Deum and Keyboard Sonata with accompaniment no.4 in D major, as well as the World Premiere of a commissioned piece by the Royal College of Music, inspired by Herschel’s works, for harpsichord, violin, cello.