ExpeRience: The science of music

6.00pm to 10.00pm, Wednesday 10 July

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London
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Free for Ri Members and Ri Patrons


Standard £16

16.00 ,

Concession £10

Event description

The Royal Institution is alive with the sound of music.

Start the evening with physicist and musician Mark Lewney as he explores if physics and neuroscience really can explain music. Then wander around in our building and take part in hands-on activities and science demonstrations. Delve into auditory hallucinations and DNA sonification, discover how to make music using fruit and fire, and sing your heart out in our pop-up karaoke tent. You'll then be able to capture your memories of the evening using the Momentous photo booth Gif Booth for free.  


About the speaker

Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor and winner of the first ever FameLab competition is a guitar physicist who will blow your ears with rock guitar and your mind with Superstring Theory.

Mark Lewney has appeared on Radio 4's 'Material World' as a guitar expert, on BBC's as a 'physics evangelist', and on CBBC's 'Xchange!' as the Rock Doctor, being introduced as a cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix. In 2007 Mark presented his guitar physics '3 Minute Wonder' on Channel 4.


The doors will open at approximately 6.00pm.

Latecomers for the talk will be admitted to the gallery.

Ri Patrons

There will be a private lounge for patrons throughout this event, where complimentary food and drink will be served. 


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

Seating is usually unreserved for our events. If you and your group require seating reservations, please do let us know by email and we’ll be more than happy to help. Email: events@ri.ac.uk.

Carers can receive a free ticket to an event by emailing events@ri.ac.uk.

Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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