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Oxford May Music 2024 – Day 1

Fri 3 May

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
Building animal bodies; how heads and tails, tops and bottoms and left and right evolved.
Professor Seb Shimeld, University of Oxford

Developmental biologist Seb Shimeld explores how the animal body has been shaped by evolution, bringing together evidence from fossils, embryos, developmental mechanisms, genes and genomes.


8.00-10.30 pm
Concert 1 – Opening Night

Sally Beamish Carnival Samba (2003) for Piano Trio
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8
Schoenberg ‘Verklärte Nacht’ for String Sextet, Op. 4

J. Liebeck, violin
T. Carroll, cello
A .Savary,  piano
C. Saluste-Bridoux, violin
S. Oswell, viola
B. Roskams, viola
C. Miles, cello

The Salieca Piano Trio – J. Liebeck, T. Carroll and A. Savary

We open the Festival with a bang – a big-boned samba by well known British composer and violist Sally Beamish. The remainder of the programme appears to consist of two early works. Brahms is represented by his sparkling first piano trio. However, he substantially revised it in 1889, smoothing off some of his youthful excesses. Schoenberg’s ‘Verklärte Nacht’ is gorgeously romantic, a style he soon dropped in favour of the intricacies of twelve-tone technique.


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Date and Time

Fri 3 May
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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