From: Brian Foster [info_at_oxfordmaymusic_dot_co_dot_uk]

Sent: 02 September 2010 17:03

Subject: Oxford May Music Festival 2011

Attachments: Schwabe_wiggy.pdf; ATT00001..htm


Dear Music Friends,

     As summer draws to a close and the new music season begins, we would like to give you some

preliminary information about the next Oxford May Music Festival. The Festival will as usual take

place in the historic Holywell Music Room  in the heart of Oxford. The 2011 dates will be from April 27th to May 2nd -

the vagaries of the calendar making us next year mostly Oxford April Music! 

As ever the grand finale of the 2011 Festival will be on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday; Easter

being as late as canonically possible next year means that the week of the Festival begins with the Easter Monday

Bank Holiday, offering the temptation to take the rest of the week off and attend all the Festival events! We will

be offering you another exciting programme with our trademark mixture of lectures on science and the arts together

with concerts from some of the brightest stars in the musical firmament. The programme is now almost complete and

we are delighted that our lecturers will include Professors Brian Cox and Russell Foster and the musicians will

include pianist Katherine Stott as musician in residence, baritone Roderick Williams, the Tippett String Quartet, cellists

Richard Harwood and Jamie Walton and the Phoenix Piano Trio. 


Next some organisational news. The success of the Festival since its foundation in 2008 means that we have decided to apply for

registration with the Charity Commissioners. We hope that OMM will complete the

process of becoming a Registered Charity in the near future, which will put the Festival on a sound organisational footing. 


Thirdly some information from one of our supporting organisations, the Pierre Fournier Award. 

Those of you who attended last year's festival may remember the  Fournier Prize 

recital given by the brilliant young cellist Gabriel Schwabe. He will be giving his other 

Fournier Prize recital with pianist Nicolai Gerassimez in the Wigmore Hall

on Saturday September 25th. We attach the press release for this concert for your information and hope you

will be able to attend.


Finally, could I draw your attention to our "Friends of Oxford May Music" Scheme. As a Friend

you will receive a range of benefits including reserved seating, access to the artists, complimentary

copies of the Festival programme and special events both during the Festival and between Festivals.

As we enter an era in which financial support from all public bodies is likely to be greatly reduced,

the support of our individual Friends is vital to ensuring that the Oxford May Music Festival remains viable.

To sign up, or to renew your status as a Friend, please either reply to this email or visit our web site page


Further details of the Festival programme will appear on this web site over the coming months. We look

forward to seeing you at the 2011 Oxford May Music Festival.


Best wishes from your Directors,


Jack Liebeck & Brian Foster