BRIAN COXPhysicist, broadcaster and musician Brian Cox (former keyboardist with 1990s band D:Ream, pictured right) is set to chair a special Royal Opera House ‘Insights’ session titled What makes the perfect song?.

The event will explore the relationship between music and physics and will be staged at the Royal Opera House, London on 24 November 2014.

Produced in collaboration with the Institute of Physics, What makes the perfect song? will feature a panel of experts from both disciplines. It will be live-streamed via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel.

“We will look at the structure and lyrics of songs and ask at a scientific level whether there is something in a tune that provokes an emotional response, or just produces something catchy,” said Royal Opera House creative producer Tom Nelson.

He added: “The best arias in opera have some of the simplest tunes, yet some of those arias will last for centuries while other tunes being produced now may be forgotten in a year or two, and we want to ask why.

“You could never forget Luciano Pavarotti’s performance of ‘Nessun Dorma’ being used at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, but are there examples of contemporary songs that we will still be using as the theme tune for the 2116 World Cup? I think it’s a fascinating question.”

Tickets will be available exclusively to people signed up to the Royal Opera House student scheme, but you’ll be able to watch the whole thing live-streamed via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel from 7.15pm (GMT) on 24 November 2014.

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