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Oct 7, 2022

The worlds of music, art and science can symbiotically exist and share center stage together to offer a sense of awe, wonder and inspiration about moons of the solar system, and ultimately about our home planet. Award winning composer and pianist Amanda Lee Falkenberg has created THE MOONS SYMPHONY- a project 5-years in the making, consulting with planetary scientists from NASA’s JPL to ensure the science was anchored in scientific accuracy. Listen to hear not only the most beautiful and incredible music, but to hear directly from Amanda how science influenced each of the moons within the symphony. 

THE MOONS SYMPHONY Album is available here:

Enjoy learning more about Amanda’s journey in creating this masterpiece here:

About Amanda Lee Falkenberg: International award-winning composer and pianist Australian born Amanda Lee Falkenberg began her journey into composition through years spent in ballet studios as an accompanist, including the Australian Ballet company in 2000. She wrote over 120 pieces to accompany ballet dancers as they trained, which led to her Moving With Music album series. 

In 2003 her first full-length orchestral ballet was commissioned, Edge of the World, and performed by the International Barossa Music Festival Orchestra with the prestigious Leigh Warren and Dancers, which received glowing reviews from the national press. 

Inspired by visual imagery, Falkenberg's natural progression led her to write for film and TV, stage plays, documentaries, animation series and feature films, including her cinematic soundtrack to the screen adaption of Wilfred Thesiger's Arabian Sands.

In 2017, she conducted the world premiere of her orchestral suite Sea Trilogy with the London Film Music Orchestra at their Gala Concert. Later that year, she completed her Arabian inspired concerto for piano and orchestra, Crossing of the Crescent Moon, after which she began her next large scale project, THE MOONS SYMPHONY. 

Described by The Beauty of Space Art Authors Jon Ramer and Ron Miller as

"…one of the most extraordinary achievements in space-inspired music, and perhaps the first to be accomplished in direct collaboration with astronomers and scientists",

Falkenberg has presented the work and its scientific inspiration to global audiences including the NASA/JPL, Caltech, the Planetary Society of Los Angeles live radio show in Imperial College London 2022, the London Science Museum, COP26 in Glasgow, 2021, the Dubai Expo in 2021, the Euro Planet Science Congress EPSC in Geneva, 2019, and the TEDx Youth Conference, 2018. 

Falkenberg has received many nominations and won multiple international contests, including the Great American Song Contest, Marvin Hamlisch emerging film composer contest in New York, the International Composition Competition in Italy, Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA), and the Los Angeles Music Awards. 

​Falkenberg is an artist member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) who organized an elaborate multimedia/visual art project in in coordination with THE MOONS SYMPHONY"


𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗻 - 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗠𝗢𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗦𝗬𝗠𝗣𝗛𝗢𝗡𝗬 (𝗠𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟯, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮)

The Planetary Radio Live in London was held to celebrate the historic recording of THE MOONS SYMPHONY co-hosted by the Imperial College of London and The Planetary Society. This event occurred a day after the recording was made for The Moons Symphony by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. 

Host and producer Mat Kaplan of the planetary Society celebrated the intersection of Art and Science through THE MOONS SYMPHONY with a panel of VIP scientists. Together Dr Linda Spilker, Dr Ashley Davies from NASA | JPL, Professor Mark Sephton of Imperial College, and Amanda Lee Falkenberg discussed the symphony's science and the inspirational data they are collecting from moons of our outer Solar System.

𝐒𝐎𝐇𝐎 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐨𝐥𝐛𝐲 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐨𝐨𝐦 (𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟓, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐)

An exclusive Launch party is held for Amanda Lee Falkenberg's "The Moons Symphony" in advance of the Album's release on October 7. An evening to experience the symphony in Dolby Atmos surround sound followed by a Q and A with Amanda and British Astronaut Helen Sharman OBE.

𝐋𝐔𝐍𝐀𝐑 𝐒𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐜 𝐎𝐮𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 (𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐜.𝟐, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐)

LUNAR (Learning Under New Artistic Regimes) a new education series that forms part of Falkenberg’s “Companion Guide to the moons symphony” which takes inspiration from MOONS of our outer solar system.  

A new education platform designed to enthral, engage and inspire. This co-pilot event is a collaboration between THE MOONS SYMPHONY and IMPERIAL COLLEGE for students to experience a new way of learning through a symphonic lens the scientific stories of moons of our outer solar system. They are communicated through a dynamic musical canvas to evoke awe and wonder and ignite curiosity to capture the imaginations of the next generation of space explorers. 

Amanda recommends we check out David W. Brown - author of THE MISSION: A true story.

A brilliant book that shares the evolution of THE EUROPA CLIPPER —NASA’s flagship mission which is sending a Spacecraft to investigate the icy moon of Jupiter “Europa” that contains an ocean two and a half times the size of all of Earths oceans combined and could hold the right conditions to support microbial life.