Finished Fields - Song Cycle by Andrew Downes, poetry by Wilfred Owen
Extracts from 7 Preludes for Solo Piano by Andrew Downes
Talk by Dr Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, Cambridge
University Engineering Department: Can we refreeze the arctic?
I Love Thee - Song by Andrew Downes, Words by Eliza Acton
Talk synopsis: Can we refreeze the Arctic?
Dr Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration Cambridge
University Engineering Department
How can we cool the planet if we fail to meet our CO2 emissions targets?
Scary stuff – we need to be talking about it! We may want to cool the
planet if (when) we fail to meet our CO2 emissions targets. There are
'geoengineering' technologies out there almost ready to go and some sound
quite scary. Many pundits question whether it is safe to meddle with the
climate when we only have one Earth, but others argue that we haven't much
time left before climate change runs away from us. This talk will present
technologies which may be urgently required to slow down the progress of
Arctic melting. One project, SPICE (Stratospheric Particle Injection for
Climate Engineering), proposed a small experiment but the experiment was
shut down for fear of 'the slippery slope'. Research in geoengineering has
ground to a halt. But we're short on action on all fronts. If we're too
late and the arctic permafrost warms up then we may need to capture
billions of tonnes of atmospheric methane. The scale of the problem is
huge, and we're not well prepared.
Soprano Paula Downes was a Choral Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge and has since performed with The Sixteen and Philharmonia Voices and as a soloist with numerous Choral Societies and Orchestras including performances under Stephen Cleobury in King's Chapel, Cambridge and in St John's Smith Square under Sarah MacDonald. She founded the female vocal group, The Cantabrigians in 2016, and they have performed all over Cambridge, most notably for The Big Switch On to huge Crowds. In September 2018, Paula became Musical Director of The Meridian Singers in Bluntisham. An experienced teacher, Paula has taught singing at Bristol University, and music and singing at top private schools including St John's College School, Cambridge. As Chief Executive of Lynwood Music, Promoter and Publisher of the music of her father, composer Andrew Downes, Paula has produced many films and animations based on his songs and became one of three nominees for The American Online Film Awards in 2014. The films can be viewed at pauladownes.com
Pianist Clare Bullimore was born in Devon but attended Chetham's School of Music from the age of 11. Whilst there, she was a semi finalist in BBC's Young Musician Of The Year and a prize winner in The National Almaviva Mozart Competition. She later read Music at Queens' College, Cambridge. During her time at Queens' she performed a Mozart piano concerto with the St Margaret's Society Orchestra at West Road Cocert Hall. Since graduating, Clare has been working as a piano teacher and freelance accompanist, initially in Cambridge and then in Yorkshire. She has worked with numerous choirs and choral societies including Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Doncaster Choral Society and Sheffield Bach Choir. Performances include Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Britten's St Nicolas. Recently she was involved in rehearsals for a recording of Philip Wilby's The Holy Face. She returned to Cambridge in July 2017 and has since played for The Cantabrigians and The fairhaven Singers, and will soon be playing for Choir 2000 Histon and Impington Community Choir. Clare has 3 young children.
Dr Hugh Hunt is a Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration at
Cambridge University. His research centres on the control of noise and
vibration from underground railways, but he got caught up in geoengineering
as Co-Investigator on the SPICE project, 2010-15, which looked at various
aspects of SRM (Solar Radiation Management) www.spicepipe.co.uk
. He was
responsible for an outdoor experiment, the 1km testbed, which was intended
to evaluate the influence of wind on the motion of a tethered balloon, but
controversy over geoengineering experiments led to the testbed being
canceled. He is now promoting other technologies for the removal of non-CO2
greenhouse gases, in particular methane and N2O www.suggr.co.uk
. He also
runs the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series which aims to raise awareness of
the urgency around climate change. www.climateseries.com
Hugh is a regular presenter on television documentaries on Channel 4, PBS
Nova and SBS, including 'Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb', 'Attack
of the Zeppelins', 'Escape from Colditz' and 'Guy Martin Wall of Death'. He
is Keeper of the Clock at Trinity College, a clock which is demonstrably
the most accurate tower clock in the world www.trin.cam.ac.uk/clock
has an impressive collection of boomerangs which he uses to inspire
students in the study of dynamics and mechanics.
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