Space Race

Space Race
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Space Race

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Travel back in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing as the ASO brings to life award-winning author Phil Cummings’ new book with music composed by Glyn Lehmann.

When the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 became the first satellite to orbit the Earth – the race was on! Caught by surprise the US was determined to stay in the race. As the world watched on in fascination, there were also many unforgettable personal moments. Experience the drama and excitement of this incredible time and, amidst it all, relive Phil’s own heart-warming childhood recollection of 21 July 1969.

After the concert, join author Phil Cummings in the foyer where you’ll be able to purchase a copy of his book Touch the Moon and have it signed.

Suitability: ages 5+

Image from Touch the Moon, by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Coral Tulloch, published by Allen & Unwin. Copyright © Coral Tulloch, 2019.

Program to include

  • Beethoven Symphony No.5: 1. Allegro con brio
  • Debussy Clair de lune
  • Holst The Planets: Mars
  • Lehmann Space Race



  • 60 mins Duration* Due to the nature of live music, the duration listed is an estimate only.
  • No Interval
  • Grainger Studio Location


Dr Patrick Neumann
ASO Scientific Advisor


An introduction to the music of Space Race by composer Glyn Lehmann

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