Graeme Miller and Daniel Saul created an hour-long devised piece of theatre to accompany the orchestra live on stage playing 8 pieces of contemporary music conducted by Peter Weigold.

A host of visual effects were created live using lo-tech paraphernalia and projected on a large screen behind the musicians.

The event launched into space with an audiovisual combination of kettledrums and coloured pencils. A cosmos was created through an umbrella perorated by knitting needles, a camera attached to a helium balloon filmed Lore Lixenberg singing from the top of a step ladder, a golf ball moon slowly rotated and eclipse the sun, a child held the earth in her hand and the audience created the constellation of Pegasus with tiny torch lights. 

Maderna’s satellite to be serenaded was the ESRO 1B Boreas Satellite, which was recreated live on stage using a cotton reel and needles.

All these experiments and scientific demonstrations were explained to the audience by two NASA scientists from the1960’s, performed by Graeme Miller and Daniel Saul.
 Serenade for a Satellite was performed on the main stage of London’s Barbican Centre and Birmingham’s CBSO hall.


Music Bruno Maderna, Serenade for a Satellite and Luciano BerioParam Vir, David Lang, Peter Wiegold, Charlotte Bray 
Played by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group 
Musical Director Peter Wiegold 
Theatre Makers/Performers Graeme Miller and Daniel Saul Mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg