Weather Arts and Music (WAM)

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The Weather, Arts and Music Special Interest Group was formed in 2012 following the first-ever Festival of Weather, Arts and Music on Jubilee Weekend in June 2012, at the Town Hall in Reading.

WAM seeks explore the possibilities inherent in bringing together such creative areas of activity as science and the arts, and bring meteorology and climate science to a wider public through the powerful communication tool that is the arts.


WAM and Progress Theatre Present:

Darwin and FitzRoy,
by Juliet Ackroyd
8th to 13th September 2014 at 7.30 pm
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)

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One was the father of evolution; the other the father of meteorology. Both men changed the world - but while one man is revered, the other is forgotten.

Set during the voyage of the Beagle and in later years, 'Darwin and Fitzroy plots the friendship and tension between Charles Darwin and the Beagle's captain, Robert Fitzroy. Both men of science and men of faith, Juliet Aykroyd's witty and poignant play charts the relationship between these two giants of modern science on their celebrated voyage around the world, and catalogues the demons besetting both.

The play is framed by a series of pre-play events exploring Darwin and Fitzroy's world through talks, music and art. Each evening offers you an opportunity to see the play and hear some fascinating stories woven around it: what life was like for scientists like Darwin and Fitzroy on board a sailing ship, the story of the founding of the Met Office by Admiral Fitzroy, the way old ships logs are used today to help climate science, and how faith and science can coexist - as well as music inspired by the sea and sea-faring, and an exhibition by local artists inspired by weather and its perception. Speakers and performers include Dr Philip Brohan (Met Office), Prof Brian Golding OBE, Prof Tony Rice, Gordon Tripp, WAM Director

Pierrette Thomet with guitarist Gerard Cousins, and artists Julia Rogers and Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields.

For the full programme of events and to book your ticket for this unique series of events, click on the link above

WAM needs YOU!

WAM Festival - We need your opinion!

WAM is currently planning the next WAM Festival, which will be bigger and much better than WAM2012 - we think! But we'd like to know if you think it's good, too.

If you just want to see what it's all about, click on the Programme link and directly access our programmeproposal: it will explain our vision and give you a flavour of what we're planning. There's lots of exciting stuff for everyone, including families.

If on the other hand you're happy to help us by letting us know what you think, click on the Programme and Survey link. This will take youto an online survey, which also shows the programme. Follow the steps and you will have done us a very big favour, for which we are very grateful.Your input will allow us to refine our concept and come up with a Festival you will not want to miss!

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The SIG is chaired by Pierrette Thomet, Director of the WAM Festival and a musician and artist. She can be contacted on


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