Oxford May Music

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Oxford May Music

SJE Arts
All Day

CONCERT 2.30-4.00pm – Mary Bevan & Friends

Vaughan Williams: Along the Field for soprano and violin
Four Songs Op. 35 for soprano and violin
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D965 for soprano, clarinet and piano
Arvo Pärt:
My Heart’s in the Highlands for soprano and organ
Vaughan Williams
: Three Vocalises for soprano and clarinet

Mary Bevan, soprano
Jack Liebeck, violin
Paul Dean, clarinet
Daniel Grimwood, piano/organ

A festival of song, in which star soprano Mary Bevan joins Jack, Paul and Daniel in a variety of combinations. Although Vaughan Williams is not noted for his songs, he wrote some wonderful ones, as in this cycle to words by A.E. Housman. Vaughan Williams introduced Holst to folk songs; the Op. 35 set continue with the soprano/violin combination in a setting of medieval religious works. Schubert, surely the greatest composer of songs of all time, is represented by the famous “Shepherd on the rock”. Pärt’s song is the inspiration for Kaupo Kikkas’ exhibition. We end with more superb Vaughan Williams, three songs without words composed in the last year of his life.

Tickets: £13, concessions £10 from Tickets Oxford


LECTURE 5.30-6.30pm – Living with our defects 

Prof. Robin Grimes. Imperial College, London
All solids accommodate atomic scale imperfections; point defects, dislocations and planar defects. By controlling defects through chemical and mechanical processes we select and tailor the properties of all materials. This will be illustrated using a series of demonstrations and willing audience participation.

Tickets: £3, concessions £2 from Tickets Oxford.


CONCERT 8.00pm – In Memoriam

Mozart: Violin Sonata E minor, K304
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 15
Arvo Pärt: Da Pacem Domine
Paul Dean:
Blue Ginger for piano quartet
Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat major, Op. 40

Jack Liebeck, violin
Alexandra Raikhlina, violin
Mathieu Herzog, viola
Trish O’Brien, cello
Thomas Carroll, cello
Paul Dean, clarinet
Richard Watkins, horn
Amandine Savary, piano
Daniel Grimwood, piano

The theme for tonight’s concert is grief and the consolations that music provides to assuage it. Mozart’s only violin sonata in a minor key was written during his stay in Paris, where his mother, who had accompanied him, died. Smetana composed his piano trio in response to the death from scarlet fever of his eldest daughter at the age of four. Da pacem, Domine, Give peace, oh Lord, was Pärt’s response to the Madrid train bombings of 2004. Blue Gingerwas written last year in memory of Paul Dean’s father. Brahms was deeply moved by the death of his mother in 1865. The Horn Trio, as most likely his great German Requiem, was a response to that loss.

Tickets: £23, £18 concessions (includes free entry to preceding lecture) from Tickets Oxford.