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Oxford May Music – Day 1

Fri 28 Apr

The festival that celebrates science and the arts, founded and directed by violinist Jack Liebeck and particle physicist Professor Brian Foster.

5.30-6.30 pm
Green Energy Materials – Crystal Gazing at the Atomic Scale
Professor Saiful Islam, OBE, FRS, University of Oxford

The supply of low carbon energy is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Major breakthroughs in clean energy technologies require advances in new materials and underpinning science. With the aid of 3D glasses, this talk describes the materials science of lithium batteries in electric vehicles and of novel compounds for next-generation solar cells, as well as highlighting the use of computer modelling to gain atomic-scale insights.

8-10 pm
Concert 1 – Opening Night

Bach Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Bach Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915
Mendelssohn String Quintet No 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15

Amandine Savary, piano
Jack Liebeck, violin
Natalie Klouda, violin
Simon Oswell, viola
Benjamin Roskams, viola
Thomas Carroll, cello

We begin the Festival with the first of the three great musical “B”s – Bach. One of the other two will also feature later in the Festival! A selection of Tocattas will disperse the weekday cares. Mendelssohn’s mature string quintet brings us into the Romantic world, which, after the interval, evolves into the atmospheric post-Romantic piano quartet of Fauré.

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Date and Time

Fri 28 Apr
Evening concerts £23/concessions £18; afternoon concerts £13/£10, talks £3/£2 (free with same day concert ticket). Festival passes also available.


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St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH


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