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Oxford May Music – Day 4

Mon 1 May

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

2-3 pm
Concert 6 – Salieca Piano Trio

Dvořák Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26
Ravel Piano Trio in A minor

Salieca Piano Trio
Amandine Savary piano, Jack Liebeck violin, Thomas Carroll cello.

Our resident ensemble introduce the final day of the Festival with Dvořák, followed by one of the most striking trios ever written, that of Ravel – a favourite at Oxford May Music.


4-5 pm
The Immune System – How to be the Perfect Host
Professor Paul Klenerman, FRS, University of Oxford

The recent pandemic has revealed the fragile balance between humans and the microbes that surround us. Key to setting this balance is the immune system and the ability of that system to lay down memories. Although such immunity is typically highly effective, pathogens have also evolved with us to explore and exploit loopholes, allowing them to escape host control. In this talk we will look at the basic building blocks of effective immune responses, how microbes, especially viruses, can set up persistent infections in individuals or across communities – and what we can do about it.


6-8 pm
Concert 7 – Festival Finale

Mozart String Quintet No. 5 in D major, K593
Beethoven Septet in E flat major, Op. 20

Jack Liebeck, violin
Benjamin Roskams, violin/viola
Simon Oswell, viola
Thomas Carroll, cello
Nicholas Korth, horn
The Festival Players

The Festival Finale combines our second new Mozart piece, the first of the two “late” string quintets, the composers last word in the genre, with an old favourite, the Beethoven Septet for strings and winds. Not a piano to be seen, except in the dynamics, but stirring stuff nonetheless to end another Festival.


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Date and Time

Mon 1 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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