James Conlon, is the HUMANITAS Visiting Professor in Voice and Classical Music 2019-20, 2-4 March thanks to the generous support of the Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation.
Mr Conlon is one of today’s most versatile and respected conductors, has cultivated a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire. He has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra since his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 1974 and is one of classical music’s most recognized interpreters.
He is Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera (since 2006) and Principal Conductor of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy (since 2016), where he is the first American to hold the position since the orchestra was founded in 1931.
He is also an enthusiastic advocate of public scholarship and cultural institutions as forums for the exchange of ideas and inquiry into the role music plays in our shared humanity and civic life.
All of the events below are free and open to all, booking is advised to
guarantee a seat. For more details and to reserve your ticket www.ticketsource.co.uk or eventbrite
Monday 2 March, 5pm
Talk: ‘Recovering a Lost Heritage’
At TS Eliot Lecture Theatre, Rose Lane, Oxford
This talk – ‘Recovering a Lost Heritage’ will focus on his work in calling attention to lesser-known works of composers silenced by the Nazi regime. Mr Conlon has devoted himself to extensive programming of this music throughout Europe and North America. His work on behalf of suppressed composers led to the creation of The OREL Foundation, an invaluable resource on the topic for music lovers, students, musicians, and scholars, and the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School.
Tuesday 3 March, 2-4pm
At Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford
Wednesday 4 March, 2-4pm
At New College Chapel
Wednesday 4 March, 5pm
Talk: Mozart: Clemenza di Tito and the Final Months
At Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford
A year has
gone by since I left the timeless town of Oxford. No words can do justice to
the experiences and memories I have attached to Oxford – all I can say is that
my time there was the most memorable time of my life, and it was made more
precious since I was able to share it with my family: my husband and our three
daughters (ages 2, 10 and 14 at the time).
begins when both my husband and I decided to apply for two different Master’s
programmes at Oxford. We could not imagine how fortunate we would be: we both
got admitted, and with scholarships as well: I was to go to the University as a
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholar and my husband as a Chevening scholar. Receiving
the Weidenfeld scholarship was a turning point, as the organization was a
wonderful support group, that I could always turn to for guidance and answers.
My husband and I had many questions and not a small amount of anxiety,
especially as we were planning to take our three daughters with us. We both
wondered, with a bit of disquiet: How would we manage our programmes with three
children? Could we enroll our older daughters in schools they would be happy
with? How would we arrange for daycare for our youngest daughter? How would we
afford our daughters’ expenses, which are not covered by the scholarships? How
difficult would the visa process be? And multiple other questions haunted us.
writing this piece to to try to help future families planning to come to
Oxford. It is very natural to have many questions, and I will try my best to
provide some answers based on my experience.
question that needs to be answered is whether you want to take your
children with you during the course of the study or not. From personal
experience, I can say that time at Oxford will be a valuable experience for
your children. Oxford is an international community, and it will expose your
children to multiple cultures, customs and traditions that they probably do not
get to see back home. However, I have not heard of scholarships covering the
expenses of children and families. While public schools are free in Oxford (as
they are throughout the UK), there are other added expenses: increased house
rent due to extra rooms, kitchen expenses and general expenses related to kids.
Additionally, if both parents are studying, then there is an added expense for
daycare or a child minder for young children. There is some information
on university and college daycares click here, where you will note that 4 colleges have their
own daycares. Application to the daycares should be done well in advance. Apart
from these, there are many other daycares and nurseries otherwise as well, and
you can find out more click here. It is advisable to start corresponding with the
daycares before you get to Oxford, as these things take time.
Hilary term (the second term, which begins in January), studies pick up speed.
By now, the thesis will probably be taking up a lot of your time along with
your upcoming exams. At that point, I found the presence of my family to be a
blessing. My husband and daughters created an air of normalcy among the busy
workload and the grey, dull winter (a sharp contrast to the weather in home
you have decided that you would like your family to join you, the next step is
to select a college (like a Hogwarts house). Wolfson College is known as a
family friendly college, and it has special family accommodation available on
its grounds. The college is located in the North of Oxford, and falls in the
catchment area for one of the best secondary public schools in the area, the
Cherwell School. There are also multiple very good primary schools in the
vicinity. One of my daughters attended St. Aloysius Primary school, which was a
short ten minutes walk from the college; it is very safe to walk around Oxford,
both during the day and at nighttime. If you are coming with your family, I
strongly suggest you request Wolfson college, and to specifically request
family accommodation within the main building. The family compound is very
safe, and it has a pretty courtyard where all the children play together. I
found all the other families to be very kind and helpful, and they helped look
after the children when my husband and I were busy. Wolfson College also
organizes multiple family events, from monthly potlucks to Halloween
trick-or-treat and Christmas activities. You can explore life at Wolfson click here.
to Wolfson, most colleges are not very accomodating to families. If you don’t
want to attend Wolfson, I would double check with families who lived in the
college you are interested in. For instance, while Linacre college states on
their website that they are a family friendly college, I have heard of multiple
complaints from families that Linacre infrastructure isn’t conducive to
families. For instance, Linacre does not offer a nursery nor subsidized
cafeteria meals for the rest of the family, so expenses can quickly rack up.
of the college you end up picking, do apply for your college
apply for university accommodation too. There are multiple locations available
around the city, and they are reasonably priced. Timely applications will help
ease the move and settling in process.
children that are of school age, apply for schools on the Oxfordshire county council page. As an Oxford University student, you will be
registered with the UK’s National Health Service, which will provide you with
free medical care, and for your family members who are listed as your
dependents. At the beginning of the year, you will be registered with a general
physician (GP), who you can go see if the need arises. Just keep in mind that
an appointment is only 10 minutes long, so in case you are used to discussing
all your past, present and future possible ailments with the doctor (like I
was!), make two consecutive appointments!
partners and families will be require visa. Details are available on the university
web link. Every
country has a slightly different visa process, so check the UK visa application
page for your country’s requirements.
some of your questions have been answered. Wishing you all the best, and
hopefully a great adventure at Oxford!
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The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust is excited to share the news of our Leadership Programme fundraiser launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.
A group of Oxford University students and alumni took the floor in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Tent, speaking on behalf of the largest philanthropic scholarship supported by the University of Oxford, the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Scholarships and Leadership Programme. The Trust has launched a landmark campaign to raise funds for its unique Leadership Programme which prepares Oxford Graduates from developing and emerging economies with the leadership skills and practical tools to make a positive, ethical and sustainable impact on their countries and regions of origin. Read the full press release