Venue, Timing and Cost
Part 1: Kerner, Keats and the Physician Poet
Today’s two-part Song Connections event is led by Natasha Loges and presented in association with the Royal College of Music. Natasha explores where music meets medicine, via poetry and the surprising number of physician poets who have been set in song. These include Justinus Kerner (we hear Schumann’s settings at lunchtime), Keats (who died 200 years ago this year) and Alois Jeitteles (the poet of Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte). Songs of sickness and recovery punctuate a fascinating discussion around these and other figures.
Part 2: The Original (Anti-) Vaxxers
The use of words and music to persuade people of the safety and efficacy of vaccines is not a solely modern phenomenon. Edward Jenner – famous for his work on the smallpox vaccine – wrote poetry and also commissioned new poems to persuade those who doubted the vaccine’s safety. In the second part of today’s Song Connections event, Natasha Loges discusses Jenner – illustrated with performances of the type of salon music he would have enjoyed – and Lady Wortley Montagu, whose key role in smallpox immunisation is often overlooked. She is joined by Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and the now world-famous team behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, to explore both the cutting-edge research and development that takes place here in Oxford and the challenges faced by modern vaccine advocates.
For more information and to purchase in-person and/or livestream tickets visit: https://www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/event/1316