Codebreaker: The Story of the Life of Alan Turing

The Sidney Sussex College Music Society is excited to host a performance of James McCarthy's 'Codebreaker'; an extraordinary piece exploring the life of Cambridge mathematician and Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing.

The Cambridge premiere of this work will be performed by students from various colleges, and co-directed by Sidney student Madeline Bryan and Thomas Hood at Trinity.

Alan Turing was an English mathematician and pioneer of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. During World War Two, he was instrumental in breaking the German Enigma code, leading to Allied victory over Nazi Germany.

The extent of Alan Turing’s work did not fully come to life until after his tragic death in 1954. His impact on computer science is commemorated in the annual ‘Turing Award’ – the highest accolade in the industry. Meanwhile, his code-breaking operations at Bletchley Park are credited with shortening the war by as much as two years and resulting in Allied victory – saving countless lives in the process.

In 2015 a new national centre for research in data science and AI, The Alan Turing Institute, was created in his name.

The 'Codebreaker' performance will take place on Saturday 9 February 2019. An orchestra and a choir will join together to perform in the College Chapel, so this will be a really unique opportunity to experience large-scale music in our own lovely venue. 

The concert is in support of the LGBTQ+ mental health charity MindOut and there will be a retiring collection at the end of the concert.

Tickets are: Sidney Student £3.50 / Student £5 / General Admission £7. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or through the Facebook Event.

You can read more about Alan Turing on the British Library website

News item posted Monday, 4th February 2019

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