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Oxford May Music – Day 3

Sun 30 Apr

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

2-3.15 pm
Concert 4 – How Cold the Wind doth Blow

Ailish Tynan, soprano
Nicky Spence, tenor
Jack Liebeck, violin
Will Vann, piano

A concert exploring the huge scope of the musical world of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). We hear his songs alongside from those in his circle at the Royal College of Music: Rebecca Clarke, Thomas Dunhill, Gustav Holst and John Ireland, from his teachers Parry and Stanford and his own setting of How Cold the Wind Doth Blow, one of most memorable and poignant folk song arrangements, beautifully scored for voice, violin and piano. We also hear the music of his pupils Ina Boyle, Elizabeth Maconchy and Grace Williams and conclude with two gems that had lain forgotten for many years: Vaughan Williams’s Two Vocal Duets, sumptuous settings of Walt Whitman’s poetry for soprano, baritone, violin and piano. The songs will be introduced by the artists throughout.


5.30-6.30 pm
Weighty Matters: The Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson
Professor Sir Tejinder Virdee, FRS, Imperial College London

At the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva, we can probe our Universe moments after the Big Bang to tackle the questions about its origin, evolution and composition. These include: What is the origin of mass? What constitutes dark matter? How many dimensions of space and time do we live in? Why is the universe composed of matter and not antimatter? The answers have the potential of altering our perception of how Nature operates at the fundamental level.


8-10.30 pm
Concert 5 – Mighty Mahler in Miniature

Natalie Klouda Piano Quintet
Beethoven String Trio in G major, Op. 9 No. 1
Mahler Symphony No. 4, in G major, arranged for chamber ensemble

Thomas Carroll, conductor (Mahler)
Amandine Savary, piano
Jack Liebeck, violin
Natalie Klouda, violin
Simon Oswell, viola
Benjamin Roskams, viola
Ashok Klouda, cello
The Festival Players

Although we have done chamber music reductions before in the Festival, notably last year’s Mozart piano concerto, a chamber version of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony must be our biggest and most ambitious condensation to date! To warm us up for the big event, we have a contemporary piece by Natalie Klouda and our final great classical music “B”, Beethoven’s early string trio.



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Date and Time

Sun 30 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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