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Why Music?

Event series

Friday 25 September - Sunday 27 September 2015 

What makes music a vital part of being human

From brain scans to world classical music premieres, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting live from Wellcome Collection throughout the last weekend in September. All tickets are free and are available below.

Why Music? will explore the power of music, over three days of live music, discussion and one-off programmes and events. Both Radio 3 listeners and Wellcome Collection visitors will discover how music manipulates our behaviour, shapes our brains and affects our physical and mental wellbeing, our language, literature and memory. Why Music? will be broadcast on Radio 3 and will also be available on iPlayer for 30 days.

Download the Friday programme here: PDF iconWhy Music_Programme_Friday.pdf

Plan your visit to Wellcome Collection during this Why Music? weekend.

As part of Why Music?, BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection will be presenting an all-night world broadcast premiere of SLEEP, Max Richter’s 8 hour lullaby.

For blind and partially sighted visitors 

If you would like Audio Description support during the ‘Why Music?’ weekend or have any access-related queries, please contact us via email or on 020 7611 2222. Please note there will be no audio description during the events.