Nina Whiteman (born 1981) - The Galaxy Rotation Problem

Nina Whiteman (born 1981)
The Galaxy Rotation Problem (world premiere)

Vera Rubin (b.1928) is an astronomer whose research led to theories of dark matter in the universe. Her discovery that objects at the outer limits of galaxies rotate much faster than the laws of physics predict was an important landmark in our understanding of space: unseen, non-luminous, dark matter of significant mass must exist.

The Galaxy Rotation Problem is an impossible journey through some of the galaxies observed by Rubin: their properties are re-imagined sonically, guiding the listener through terra incognita light years apart.

The Galaxy Rotation Problem was commissioned by Psappha for the 2013 New Music North West festival.

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About the composer: Nina Whiteman
Nina Whiteman is a composer and singer based in Manchester. Recent commissions from Manchester Camerata, and Quatuor Danel (among others) as well as high-profile performances at the Cheltenham Music Festival, Kettle’s Yard, RNCM, and on BBC Radio 3 demonstrate Nina’s growing reputation as an engaging compositional talent. She holds a PhD in Composition and teaches part time at the RNCM and University of Manchester.

Nina is singer in, and co-director of, Trio Atem, a contemporary music ensemble actively commissioning new work (2013 series funded by Arts Council England).

Current composition projects include a commission from Ealing Youth Orchestra – Dark Matter Sounding.

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