Oxford May Music Festival

Oxford May Music Festival

Science & Music meet in creative harmony.

Our thirteenth festival will again be entirely at the excellent facilities of St. John the Evangelist, Iffley Road. Our core mission remains the same: an authoritative mix of concerts from some of the leading musicians performing in the UK today and exciting lectures from experts in their fields. Science, music and the arts meet in creative harmony.

This year we have had to shorten the Festival to four days. This was a result of the move of the Bank Holiday from Monday to Friday of the first week in May, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE day. The festival therefore runs from April 30th  –  May 3rd, with a format of lectures generally starting at 5:30pm and recitals at 8:00pm, except for Sunday, when the events are at 4pm and 6pm. In order to make up for the loss of a day, we have decided to hold a special concert on Saturday morning at 11.00am, which will mark “Beethoven year” with a concert of his piano sonatas.  In  addition there are the usual early afternoon concerts at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Although we didn't plan it this way, every piece of music except the final one, Schubert’s great string quintet, hasn’t been played at the Festival before – at least as far as my records testify. Thus we can promise you new and refreshing musical entertainment as well as the usual enthralling science from our lecturers, who include this year our third Nobel Laureate – but who’s counting?

For information on becoming a Friend of Oxford May Music, contact Brian Foster on brian@oxfordmaymusic.co.uk. For more details see http://www.oxfordmaymusic.co.uk/


Full Festival Pass -

£100 (concessions £85) - Saving of £31/£17

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 Festival 3 for 2 Pass –

3 concerts and 3 lectures of your choice: £55 (concessions £50) (N.B. concerts and lectures must be specified at time of purchase).

3 for 2 Passes cannot be booked online - to book, please call the Ticket Office on 01865 305 305


 Cavatina Tickets -

Young persons between the ages of 8 and 25 are admitted free, subject to availability, since Oxford May Music takes part in the CAVATINA Free Ticket Scheme (see panel for conditions). Reservations for qualifying persons can be made through this web site only by clicking here; tickets under this scheme may also be available at the door, subject to availability.

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No Dress Code - please note no babies are admitted for this event.


Festival Diary

Thursday 30th April

Lecture 5.30pm: Our Friendly Bacteria

Concert 8pm: Opening Night!

Friday 1st May

Lecture 5.30pm: Is Empty Space Empty?

Concert 8pm: Friday Soirée

Saturday 2nd May

Morning Concert 11am: Saturday's Early Bite

Afternoon Concert 2pm: Simply Brahms

Lecture 5.30pm: Tectonic Plates

Evening Concert 8pm: Not Strictly Tango

Sunday 3rd May

Afternoon Concert 2pm: James Crabb & Friends

Lecture 4pm: The Ribosome

Evening Concert 6pm: Festival Finale

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