January 14th

We regret that continuing difficulty in raising corporate sponsorship means that we will have to increase prices across the board for Festival events in 2018. In addition, we have decided to shorten the Festival by one day, so that the events will now begin on Thursday May 3rd. This will produce a further necessary saving in costs. We are very grateful for the numerous Friends who have come forward either to renew their subscriptions early and/or to donate very substantial sums for the Festival. Without this help, it is doubtful that we would have been able to hold the 2018 Festival. If you have not already, please consider becoming a Friend in order to safeguard the Festival's future. The web page can be found here.

January 26th

We are delighted to announce the exciting programme for the 11th Oxford May Music Festival! 

Once again we will be organising an exhibition throughout the Festival. This consists of folios and gouaches created by George Nama in response to Alfred Brendel’s poetry (previously read by the author at the festival in 2014) and will be hung in the beautiful and restful space of the SJE cloisters.

There are too many highlights to pick out, but lecturers include well-known author and broadcaster, Professor Frank Close, who will telling a fascinating true story of scientists, spies, MI5 and music, all taking place in the environs of Oxford.  We are delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed artists visiting the Festival for the first time, such as Julian Bliss (clarinet), Craig Ogden (guitar) and the Silver-Garburg piano duo. A host of other distinguished musicians are returning to the festival including Thomas Carroll, Danny Driver, Simon Oswell, Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Sasha Sitkovetsky, and of course our artistic director, Jack Liebeck.  

Booking can be made immediately via the booking page on this site. The Tickets Oxford webpages for the Festival will be going live shortly.