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The Examiners in the Honour School of Experimental Psychology have awarded the Prize for the best overall performance in Psychology to MATTHEW GRUBB, Somerville College.

The Prize for the best research paper (paper 15) has been awarded jointly to MARK WILTON, Lady Margaret Hall, and ROBERT JAMES, Exeter College.

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The Prize has been awarded to CHRISTOPHER A.T. FERRO, St Hugh's College.

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Royal Sun Alliance, the main insurer of the University, provides discounts for members, staff, their families, and pensioners of the University of Oxford. The following savings can be achieved:

Household (buildings and/or contents): 20 per cent;
Travel (including winter sports): 12.5 per cent;
Private car: 40 per cent off premium.

The University acts solely as an introducer of business to Royal Sun Alliance, receiving no commission or other remuneration, with all savings passed on to the subscribing member. For further information, a brochure may be obtained from Graham Waite (telephone: (2)80307), or Andy Darley (telephone: (2)70110) at the University Offices. To obtain a quotation or receive specific information on the covers available, telephone Royal Sun Alliance's regional office on 0800 300 822, quoting the appropriate reference: SCH266 for car insurance; otherwise 34V0067.

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Faculty of Music

THE ALLEGRI STRING QUARTET will perform as follows in the Holywell Music Room. Tickets for the evening concerts cost £10 (concessions £5); tickets for the lunchtime concert cost £5 (concessions £2.50), from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, or at the door.

Wed. 3 Nov., 8 p.m.: Haydn, Quartet in C major, op. 33 no. 3; Bartók, Second Quartet, op. 17; Beethoven, Quartet in C major, op. 59, no. 3.

Wed. 17 Nov., 8 p.m.: Mozart, Quartet in D major, K.499; Dvorák, Quartet in D minor, op. 34; Beethoven, Quartet in A major, op. 18, no. 5.

Fri. 3 Dec., 1 p.m.: Mozart, Quartet in B flat major, K.458; Schnittke, Piano Quintet (1972–6) (with a student pianist, to be announced).

THE BAND OF INSTRUMENTS, with Gary Cooper, Caroline Balding, Christine Garratt, and student musicians, will perform J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos nos. 3, 4, and 5, at 8.15 p.m. on Monday, 29 November, in the chapel, New College. Tickets, costing £6 (£4 concessions) are available from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, or at the door.

`The Dramatic Music of Judith Weir'

`The Dramatic Music of Judith Weir' will be performed by the FACULTY OF MUSIC ENSEMBLE, conducted by Roger Montgomery, with Jane Manning, soprano, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, 18 November, in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building. Tickets, costing £10 (£6 concessions) are available from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, or at the door. For further details, telephone Oxford (2)76821.

Note: for details of lectures to be given by Professor Judith Weir this term, see `Lectures' below.

Twentieth-century North American music for violin and piano

JULIE-ANNE DEROME and ANDRÉ RISTIC will perform works by Charles Ives, George Crumb, Paul Dolden, and George Antheil, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, 27 November, in the Holywell Music Room. Tickets, costing £6 (£3 concessions) are available from the Playhouse Box Office, Beaumont Street, or at the door. The concert will be preceded by a talk by the composer Paul Dolden, at 4.45 p.m.

St John's College

Colin Carr's musical events, 1999–2000

The following concerts will be given at 8.30 p.m. on the days shown in the Garden Quadrangle Auditorium, St John's College. Admission is by free programme, available from the college lodge, but reserved for members of St John's College until about ten days before the concert. Each programme will be valid as an admission ticket until 8.20 p.m. Any vacant seats will be filled from the door during the last ten minutes before the concert starts.

Mon. 22 Nov.: programme including the two Fauré piano quartets and the Saint-Saëns violin sonata.

JAMES BUSWELL (violin), COLIN CARR (cello), and others
Sat. 19 Feb.: programme of chamber music.

ANTHONY MARWOOD (violin) and SUSAN TOMES (piano)
Sat. 4 Mar.: programme including the Schumann sonatas op. 105 and op. 121.

FRANCIS GRIER (piano), PATRICIA ROSARIO (soprano), and COLIN CARR (cello)
Sat. 6 May: programme including the world première of a new song cycle by Francis Grier, setting poems by Robert Graves.


The day after their concert, artists will give master-classes in the auditorium on 23 November and 20 February. Colin Carr will give a master-class in the new year (details of this will be published later).

These are events of outstanding interest to anyone concerned with making or listening to music, whether as a performer or a listener. The format is of coaching in front of an audience. Those coached are chamber groups or performing soloists, without restriction of the instrument to whoever is giving the class. Each group receives about forty minutes of tuition. The atmosphere is informal.

There is no charge for performers or for audience, nor is there restriction to members of the college. Potential performers are invited to apply to the College Secretary.

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Two wine-tastings will be held this term, in the University Club (6 South Parks Road), at 5.45 p.m. on the following Wednesdays.

27 Oct.: New additions to the wine-list.

1 Dec.: Wines for the festive season.

All members and their guests are welcome, the fee being £2 per person.

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