Moonlit Jazz

Museum of the Moon Music Special Event

from the Leo Richardson Trio

Join us at Southwark Cathedral for an evening of live jazz taking place underneath artist Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon. The moon has always been an inspiration for musical artists, we gaze upon it every night, but it’s far, unreachable, and still mysterious.

With the gothic architecture of the Cathedral bathed in the warmth of hundreds of candles, you’ll enter a sublime atmosphere of the sounds of jazz classics performed by Ronnie Scott's regulars The Leo Richardson Quartet. Their mellow jazz sound will fill the vast nave as the Museum of the Moon glows in the darkness above you.

Receive a complementary glass of wine or soft drink on arrival, feel free to wander the Cathedral or sit under the Museum of the Moon and appreciate it's beauty as it contrasts against the architecture of the Cathedral, which alongside the jazz creates a chilled out and relaxed ambient atmosphere .

There are two time-slots for this evening each an hour long: 7pm - 8pm and 8.30pm - 9.30pm.

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Please note that there will be no traditional seating for this event so to leave space under the artwork for ticket holders to appreciate. Ticket holders are invited to sit on the Cathedral floor or use the pilgrim benches located around in the nave aisles.

A bar will be open for you to purchase further drinks.

Doors will open at 6.30pm for the 7pm performance and 8.15pm for the 8.30pm performance.

About The Leo Richardson Quartet

In 2017, The Leo Richardson Quartet toured the UK in November-December, in support of their debut album, The Chase, on Ubuntu Music. The album was selected by The Times newspaper as one of the Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2017 and one of the Top 100 Albums of all music genres. The Chase was the first album to receive 5* from The Sunday Guardian/Observer. The success of the album and the tour led to the Quartet’s debut performance at the 2018 Love Supreme Jazz Festival. The Leo Richardson Quartet released their second album Move in 2019 to critical acclaim, receiving 5* in BBC Music Magazine.

Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of the UK’s leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists.


About Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface*.

The moon has always inspired humanity, acting as a ‘cultural mirror’ to society, reflecting the ideas and beliefs of all people around the world. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and been a source of light to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon has evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon. And yet somehow, despite these differences, the moon connects us all.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

*The massive 23 metre wide, high resolution image used to create the moon artwork, was created by the Astrogeology Science Centre in the USA. The imagery was taken by a NASA satellite carrying the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera launched in 2010.