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Oxford May Music 2024 – Day 3

Sun 5 May

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

2.00-3.30 pm
Concert 4 – Owen-Apekisheva Piano Duo

Beethoven Sonata for four hands in D major, Op. 6
Ravel ‘Mother Goose’ Suite
Fauré ‘Dolly’ Suite, Op. 56
Holst A selection from ‘The Planets’ Suite, Op. 32

K. Apekisheva
C. Owen

Katya and Charles are old friends of the Festival, both in the guise of solo pianists and in their renowned duo. Their matinee concert starts with one of Beethoven’s earliest works and then moves onto suites: three of the most famous in the repertoire, two from French composers, one English. ‘Mother Goose’ and ‘Dolly’ are a great deal of fun; ‘The Planets’, more serious!


5.30-6.30 pm
The Remarkable Science of Nanopores: from Gene Sequencing to Organ Repair
Professor Hagan Bayley, University of Oxford

Many bacteria make tiny pores with diameters more than ten-thousand times smaller than a human hair. They use these pores to attack their victims’ cells, including our own. The properties of these noxious proteins have been turned to good in several quite different areas of biotechnology, where they are known as nanopores. This talk will describe both the history of these developments and recent advances, and how the disparate applications of nanopores are connected by the haphazard advances of science.


8.00-10.30 pm
Concert 5 – But I like to sing

Parry ‘My heart is like a singing bird’
Bernstein ‘I Hate Music’
Schubert ‘An die Musik’, D547
Wolf‘ Mörike’ Lieder An eine Äolsharfe
Brahms ‘An ein Veilchen’ Op. 49 No. 2
Marx Nocturne
Franck Nocturne
Strohl 12 chants de Bilitis: Bilitis–La nuit–Berceuse
Poulenc 2 poèmes de Louis Aragon
Cheryl Frances-Hoad ‘Something More Than Mortal’
Paladilhe ‘Psyché’
Duparc ‘L’invitation au voyage’
Saariaho 4 Instants – ‘Parfum de l’instant’
Deborah Pritchard ‘Everyone Sang’
Barber ‘A slumber song of the Madonna’
Gurney ‘Sleep’
Errollyn Wallen ‘Peace on Earth’

Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Joseph Middleton, piano

The album by which this recital is inspired is Carolyn’s 100th! An electric mixture of classics including pieces from Schubert and Brahms and new compositions from Pritchard, Frances-Hoad and Wallen make this a concert not to be missed.


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Date and Time

Sun 5 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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