37b. The Original (Anti-) Vaxxers

14 October 2021, 3:15pm - 4:15pm

This event is in two parts; one ticket covers both parts.
37a: 11am - 12pm, Kerner, Keats and the Physician Poet
37b: 3.15pm - 4.15pm, The Original (anti-) Vaxxers
See 37a: Kerner, Keats and the Physician Poet for ticket information.

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.


This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in person and at home? 'Hybrid' tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert.

For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The complete event duration is approximately 2 hours, with a break in the middle.


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Due to COVID-19 we have to do things a little differently this year. In order to keep everyone safe, our seating and concert conditions are subject to change in line with changing government guidance.

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If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund.

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