Museum of the Moon Programme

Various 24th May 2018 12:00 AM

Enjoy artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installation at Liverpool Cathedral

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It uses lunar imagery, moonlight, and a surround-soundscape by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones. Take a closer look at the moon’s surface created from detailed NASA imagery and reproduced on a 1:500,000 scale, which is lit up from within.

Our specially-curated Under the Moon programme of lunar-inspired events includes an Astrophysics’ lecture and discussion, moon-inspired classical music recitals, voyage-discovery theatre and planetary storytelling for all ages.

Join us Under the Moon and at the Pier Head, Albert Dock and Mann Island for a spectacular arts & entertainment programme as part of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018.

Please note our programme times are mainly after 20:00 as the moon is best viewed in low light.



Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta UNDER THE MOON PROGRAMME


Over the Moon with Professor Andy Newsam


Friday 25 May

20:30– 21:30

Free, booking required

The Moon is our closest neighbour, but the cosmos stretches out beyond it to unimaginable distances. Come along for a tour of the universe, starting with the familiar sights of the moon and night sky, but heading out to the farthest reaches of space and time. Taking in stars, galaxies, black holes and more, you will also discover some of the mysteries of the universe that we have not yet solved, and how we going about searching for answers.

Andy is Professor of Astronomy Education and Engagement at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of the National Schools' Observatory.


Liverpool String Quartet Under the Moon


Saturday 26 May

13:00– 14:00

Free, no booking required

Formed in 2010, the Liverpool String Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest standard. They regularly perform in Liverpool, in their residence at the Nordic Church, and have given concerts at other notable venues including Liverpool Philharmonic’s ‘The Music Room’, St George’s Hall and the Anglican Cathedral. They have also toured extensively, highlights include a tour of the Balearic Islands which included the opening concert at the Mahon Festival and many tours to Spain and Catalunya. The Quartet will be playing moon inspired music including Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nacht Music, Bach’s Air, on a G String and Handel’s Water Music. 


Renaissance Fantastic Voyages

Theatre/Interactive Performance

Saturday 26 May

14:00 -15:00

Free, no booking required

Join researchers from the School of Arts, University of Liverpool under the moon for a series of short performances about early-modern fantastic voyages. In collaboration with the University of Liverpool Players, costumed actors will enliven historical documents written by Renaissance writers including Shakespeare. These dramatic readings of journeys involving exploration and moon topographies explore humankind’s curiosity about the unknown, and how our imaginations and aspirations shape our creative self-expression.

This programme is based on the research of Travel, Transculturality and Identity in England, c. 1550-1700 (TIDE), a major five-year project on English ideas of belonging and between-ness based at the University of Liverpool and funded by the European Research Council.

Suitable for all ages.


Piano Recital - Debussy Under the Moon by William Bracken


Saturday 26 May

18:30– 19:00

Free, no booking required

2018 marks the centenary year of the French composer, Achille-Claude Debussy passing. To honour this occasion, one of the best-loved piano pieces, Clair De Lune (light of the moon or moonlight), will be performed Under the Moon by Liverpool born pianist, William Bracken.

William became a student at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music studying piano with Jonathan Middleton, for which he received a scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. William has played to internationally regarded pianists such as Gabrielle Baldocci, David Malusa, Simon Trpceski, Peter Donohoe and Joanna Macgregorans performed concertos by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Gershwin and Tchaikovsky.

Inspired by Clare Debussy, the performance will include his other best-known compositions, all performed Under the Moon.


An afternoon of storytelling for big and little astronauts

The Eclipse


Monday 28 May

13:00 – 13:20

Free, no booking required

Gaia is unwell, the disruption of the earth that is being done by man is making her very ill. Can Thea, the Sun help? Or can help be found by the man on the moon?  Will they finally put aside their differences to help poor Gaia? Come and join community-based theatre Whistles & Thistles as they try and put together the pieces.

Suitable for ages 4-8 years


Lost to a Mermaid


Monday 28 May

13:30 – 13:45

Free, no booking required

A sailor returns to Liverpool after a long voyage lost and lonely. He walks to where New Brighton is today and meets someone who will change his life forever…

Join storyteller, Andy Johnson in this captivating maritime adventure.

Suitable for children ages 7 years and over


Quest of The Crescent Moon


Monday 28 May

14:00 – 14:30

Free, no booking required

Join Adelphi, a bottle-nosed North Sea dolphin on an environmental quest to save her oceanic friends Mandy the Atlantic Narwhal. Narrated and performed by Sharon Lowe and George Melling, in a comedic educational, thought-provoking way.

Ages 4+


Moonlit Yoga with Yoga Therapy Liverpool

Monday 28 May

20:00 - 21:00

Free, booking required 

Join Roisin from Yoga Therapy Liverpool for a special moon themed yoga class. Fusing deep relaxation with a specially sequenced Hatha flow, this class is designed to bring about complete harmony and balance. Connecting with the powerful energy of the moon under the moonlight of this stunning installation, this practice will be a unique and unforgettable experience.


The Changing Tides programme celebrates our ancient shared history through new performances, festivals, installations, sculptures, dance, music and happenings, which will all unfold on the Liverpool waterfront over three days from the 25 –28 May.

Let the Sun, Moon and Stars guide you through a Changing Tides Programme of spectacular commissions performance and music reflecting the three race ports of  Liverpool (Mann Island and City Centre), Dublin (Albert Dock) and Bordeaux (Pier Head).

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Public viewing times


Thursday 24 May

Moon Viewing                   20:00 - 22:30

Shop & Catering                09:00 - 17:00

Tower Experience             10:00 - last ticket 22:00, close 22:30


Friday 25 May

Moon Viewing                   08:00 - 11:00 & 12:00-19:45

Shop & Catering                09:00 - 20:00

Tower Experience             10:00 - last ticket 19:00, close 19:30


Saturday 26 May

Moon Viewing                   08:00 - 22:00

Shop & Catering                09:00 - 21:00

Tower Experience             09:00 - last ticket 20:00, close 20:30


Monday 28 May

Moon Viewing                   13:00 - 19:30

Shop & Catering                09:00 - 20:00

Tower Experience             09:00 - last ticket 19:00, close 19:30


Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 May

Moon Viewing                   08:00 - 22:30

Shop & Catering                09:00 - 22:30

Tower Experience             10:00 - last ticket 22:00, close 22:30

It’s free to visit Liverpool Cathedral and your donations help keep the Cathedral open for everyone to enjoy.


And….Here comes the sun

Rising Sun by William Simpson and Toby Wiltshire

Monday 21 May – Monday 28 May
Piermasters Green, Albert Dock
21:00 – 24:00 daily

Rising Sun is a large-scale light installation that comes to life as the real sunsets. As darkness falls, Rising Sun brings a stunning shimmer of light and sound across the waterfront, creating a poetic connection to the elements and lighting up the river…..

Using highly reflective materials, pencil beam and flower searchlights, multichannel surround sound conveying the unbridled power of nuclear fusion taking place at the heart of the sun.


Coming to see the Moon? Why not take a trip up Liverpool Cathedral Tower? Our Tower stands an impressive 154m above the River Mersey with 360˚ views across the city, inside the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth largest in the world! (Charges apply)