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Holywell Music Room

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Holywell Street Oxford, OX1 3BN United Kingdom

In the summer of 1998, the Holywell Music Room celebrated its 250th anniversary. The oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe, it opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1748. Designed by Thomas Camplin, Vice-Principal of St. Edmund Hall, the building was probably the brainchild of William Hayes, then Professor of Music at the University. The project was funded by public subscription (established in 1742). The room continued as a concert venue throughout the eighteenth century and until 1836, from which time it was used for a number of other events, including auctions and exhibitions. By the 1870s, it was being used for weekly rehearsals by the Oxford Philharmonic Society and its future as a musical venue was further secured after 1910 when the Oxford University Musical Union obtained a lease on the building. The Holywell was restored and refitted in 1959-60 and since that time has been the location for many hundreds of recitals and concert series featuring prestigious visiting musicians as well as many local groups and student performers.

While Wadham College owns the Holywell Music Room, the use of this room is divided between the Faculty of Music and the College. The Faculty makes use of the room during University Term Time and Wadham during vacations, with each using its own discretion regarding policy and charges.

Upcoming Events

26 May

Sérgio and Odair Assad Recital

The Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) are pleased to announce a rectial with classical guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad as part of their Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Classical Music and Music Education 2015-2016. Pieces that they will be performing include: Isaac Albeniz Evocación (from Ibéria); Enrique Granados Valses poeticos; Astor Piazzolla Bandoneon, Zita (from Suite Troileana); Egberto Gismonti Palhaço Baião malandro; João Pernambuco Interrogando; Américo Jacomino (Canhoto) Abismo de rosas; Anibal Augusto Sardinha (Garoto) Medley (Jorge do Fusa, Gente humilde, Lamentos do morro); Dilermando Reis Dois destinos; Baden…

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1 Jun

Natalie Clein Recital

Natalie Clein already enthused Sheldonian audiences last year with her performances of the six Bach Suites. Now newly appointed the Music Faculty’s Director of Performance she offers Oxford an exciting programme of 20th century cello masterpieces with former BBC New Generation Artist and one of Norway’s leading chamber musician Christian Ihle Hadland at the piano.   Debussy, Cello Sonata Kurtag, 3 pieces from ‘Signs, Games and Messages’ Britten, Cello Sonata in C   Kodaly, Sonatina Prokofiev, Cello Sonata in C…

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18 Jun

Trio Khimaira

Trio Khimaira is made up of three extraordinary musicians – Yanal Staiti (percussion), Ziad Ben Youssef (oud) and Luis Velasco-Pufleau (classical guitar). The trio bring an exhilarating range of influences to bear on their playing together, and have developed a musical language that lies at the boundary of written and oral, composed and improvised forms. Drawing on their different backgrounds, the group blend South American musics , traditional Arabic genres and flamenco, producing an astonishing soundworld. This is the first…

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