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Oxford May Music

Oxford May Music

Fri 29 Apr - Mon 2 May

OMM is back!  A full 4-day festival combining cutting-edge science and world class music, curated by directors Jack Liebeck and Professor Brian Foster OBE FRS.
Musicians include virtuoso accordionist James Crabb, this year’s Pierre Fournier Awardee, Rainer Crosett, and old friends of the festival Katya Apekisheva, Thomas Carroll, Danny Driver, Jack Liebeck, Simon Oswell and Amandine Savory.

The four lectures:

Friday 29 April 5.30pm – Molecules for a Sustainable Future`
Sir Richard Catlow tells how the chemical industry can achieve a zero-carbon future via new catalysts.

Saturday 30 April 5.30pm – Listening to Tectonic-Plates Formation
Professor Mike Kendall tells how plate tectonics and our understanding of volcanoes is being revolutionised by ocean-bottom sensors.

Sunday 1 May 5.30pm – A Variety of Pandemics
Sir John Skehel contrasts ‘Spanish’ influenza, AIDS and Covid to explain how technology has shaped medical responses.

Monday 2 May 4pm – Black Holes and Spin-offs
Professor Katherine Blundell tells how Black Holes disturb the cosmos even many light-years from their locations.

The eight concerts:

Friday 29 April
8pm Opening night: Salieca Piano Trio
Beethoven, Babajanian, Ireland and Brahms

Saturday 30 April
11am Children’s Corner
Korngold, Waxman and Stravinsky
2pm Pierre Fournier Award-Winner’s Recital
Boccherini, Ysaÿe, Janáček, Ligeti, Brahms
8pm Saturday Night Soirée
Bruch, Gubaidalina, Franck and Mozart

Sunday 1 May
2pm Katya Apikesheva, piano recital
Mozart, Szymanowski, Chopin
8pm Not Strictly Tango
Vivaldi, Beethoven, Piazzolla, Brahms

Monday 2 May
2pm James Crabb and Friends
Lark Ascending with accordion; Piazzolla, Agri/Carli, Saint-Saens
6pm Festival Finale
Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Sallinen “V”, Schubert String Quintet.

For full Festival details and information on Season Passes, concessionary tickets and free tickets for 8-25 year olds under the Cavatina scheme, see Oxford May Music


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Date and Time

Fri 29 Apr
Mon 2 May
£23-£3 with concessions


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


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