The prestigious Halle Orchestra will perform under the shadow of the iconic Lovell telescope for a classical concert inspired by the stars.

The Close Encounters performance will include recitals of classics such as Jupiter and Mars from Holst’s Planets suite, as well as music from cinematic blockbusters including Stars Wars, Independence Day, ET and Apollo 13.

It’s been organised as part of the Live From Jodrell Bank Series, which already includes gigs by Sigur Ross and New Order.

Visitors will also be given full access to Jodrell Bank’s Discovery Centre during the day before enjoying the concert, which will be followed by fireworks.

The event on Friday, August 31, also takes place on what would have been Sir Bernard Lovell’s 100th birthday.

Teresa Anderson, director of the Jodrell Bank  Discovery Centre, said: “Sir Bernard was a long-time supporter and follower of the Halle, often travelling into Manchester from his home near Jodrell Bank to attend concerts.

“We know that he would be delighted with the conjunction of science and music that is taking place in the shadow of the telescope he created’.”

Conductor Stephen Bell added: “It will be a huge pleasure to conduct the magnificent Halle in such a brilliant and unique setting as Jodrell Bank.

“We’ll play some of the most exciting music there is, and nothing beats hearing a world-class symphony orchestra playing at the top of their game. It will be an unforgettable evening.”

Other performances in the series include The Australian Pink Floyd Show on, July 6, New Order on July 7, and Sigur Ros on August 30.

Tickets cost £29.50, with VIP packages also on offer.

For more information or tickets go to www.livefromjodrell