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Listening to music can change the way we behave, transform our emotions, affect our memory and even shape the way our brain works. This partnership between BBC Radio 3 and the Wellcome Collection will explore just what it is about music that moves human beings so completely. The programme of talks, performances and experiments will be led by professional musicians, neuroscientists, music therapists and other experts from related fields, and Radio 3 will be broadcast directly from the festival. Highlights will include Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor studying his own brain scan to see how he responds to different types of music, psychologist Lauren Stewart and composer and pianist Neil Brand exploring 'The Tingle Factor' and Griff Rhys Jones discussing five extraordinary objects from the Wellcome Collection. An all-night world premiere of Max Richter's 'Sleep' will also take place from midnight to 8am with Radio 3 listeners invited to tune in to listen to the live performance as they drift off to sleep (Sept 27). Tickets are free but should be booked in advance on the Wellcome Collection website (from Aug 28).

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