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Holywell Music Room

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Oxford, OX1 3SD 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.

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April 2018

Bach and the Voice

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Bach Project: Bach and the Voice The programme includes cantatas and arias Ich Habe Genug BWV82a, Mein Herze Schwimmt im Blut BWV199, Herr Wie du willt, so schick's mit Mir BWV73, Aria  Es ist Vollbracht BWV159 , the striking Der Ewigkeit saphirnes Haus, and more. Ian Bostridge, tenor Giles Underwood, baritone Claire Booth, soprano Natalie Clein, cello Instruments of Time and Truth 6.30pm…

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Beethoven Violin Sonata Series III

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Beethoven Sonata No. 5 in F major “Spring”, Op. 24 Beethoven Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2 Athena Hawksley-Walker (violin) and Tom Fetherstonhaugh (piano) are currently performing the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. Beethoven’s 10 violin sonatas are regarded as the…

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May 2018

Oxford Philharmonic: Mozart, Barber and Nielsen

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K. 452 BARBER Summer Music, Op. 31 NIELSEN Wind Quintet, Op. 43 The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic; Marios Papadopoulos piano Marios Papadopoulos is joined by The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic for an evening of summer music. Shortly after…

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Summer Music

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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MOZART Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K. 452 BARBER Summer Music, Op. 31 NIELSEN Wind Quintet, Op. 43 The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Marios Papadopoulos piano Marios Papadopoulos is joined by The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic for an evening of summer music. Shortly after…

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The Mysore Brothers

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Sounds of Sound Asia Series Indian classical Violin Concert by Dr. Manjunath & Mysore Nagaraj, Arjun Kumar -Mridangam and R. N. Prakash - Ghatam. Though there are many famous violinists in India, Manjunath and Nagraj, collectively known as the Mysore brothers, hold a unique spot in the hearts of classical…

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The Mysore Brothers

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Sounds of Sound Asia Series Indian classical Violin Concert by Dr. Manjunath & Mysore Nagaraj, Arjun Kumar -Mridangam and R. N. Prakash - Ghatam. Though there are many famous violinists in India, Manjunath and Nagraj, collectively known as the Mysore brothers, hold a unique spot in the hearts of classical…

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Two Chairs Writing Competition

May 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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The 'Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition' runs across the UK from September 2017 to March 2018. It invites school pupils, university students and the creatively minded public to write short poems or prose pieces reflecting their ideas and experiences of cultural differences, of communication and crossing between cultures, and of…

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Two Chairs Poetry Reading

May 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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9 May

The Two Chairs Writing Competition

  The Two Chairs Writing Competition was launched in 2017 asked entrants to consider the Hafez-Goethe monument in Weimar, Germany as a way of encountering other people and other cultures. After receiving many outstanding entries, the winners have been chosen. You can hear the winners from each of the four…

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Holywell Music and Folk: Kadia

May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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This original trio with cello, mandolin and guitar play refreshing uplifting music.

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Beethoven Violin Sonata Series IV

May 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Beethoven Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30 No 1 Beethoven Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 Pre-concert talk by Professor Daniel Grimley. Athena Hawksley-Walker (violin) and Tom Fetherstonhaugh (piano) are currently performing the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. Beethoven’s 10 violin…

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Cello Masterclass with Steven Isserlis

May 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Saturday 19 May (4th week) 11.30am-1.30pm Holywell Music Room Free admission – email beau@oxfordphil.com to reserve or to apply

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Holywell Music and Folk: Dan Walsh Trio

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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A new project featuring banjo virtuoso Dan Walsh, Ciaran Algar and Nic Zuppardi.

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Piano Masterclass

May 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Tim Horton will work with three student pianists ahead of their final exam. Biography: Tim Horton studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1995 he replaced Alfred Brendel at short notice in two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir…

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June 2018

Handel’s Attic

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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  Julian Perkins, Clavichord   Handel, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Pachelbel A selection of toccatas and suites Used throughout the Baroque and Classical eras as a private tool for composing, practice and meditation, the clavichord remained in regular use into the nineteenth century. The last thirty years have witnessed a quiet musical revolution:…

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Oxford Philharmonic Chamber Concert – ‘Seeker of Truth’

June 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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PIET SWERTS Prelude. Le jardin à Giverny Seeker of Truth -A piano fantasy Cinq Préludes à la mémoire de Frédéric Chopin Dix Valses Enigmatiques FAURÉ Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic Russell Hirshfield (piano) Internationally acclaimed American pianist Russell Hirshfield is…

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Bate Collection Family Gamelan Concert

June 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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3-4pm Holywell Music Room Holywell Street OX1 3SD Discover the bronze gongs and metallophones of the Javanese Gamelan, with Oxford Youth Gamelan & added saxophones! There will be a chance to try the instruments after the concert. Tickets Adults £5, children FREE, available on the door.

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Bate Collection Family Gamelan Concert

June 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Oxford Youth Gamelan Tickets Adults £5, children FREE, available on the door.

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Schubert Ensemble

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Romantic Piano Quartets by Schumann, Faure and Dvorak Schumann 3 Canonic Studies Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 Dvořák Piano Quartet No. 2

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Holywell Music and Folk: Louise Jordan

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Louise is an award winning singer/songwriter with her one woman show, No Petticoats Here.

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Richard Durrant: Stringhenge

June 18 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Concert guitarist and composer Richard Durrant returns to Holywell Music Room as part of his new album ’Stringhenge’ tour which sees him cycling from The Isle of Orkney to Sussex, performing en route. Richard will be playing music inspired by the British Landscape performed on his guitar made from a…

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August 2018

Oxford Piano Festival Recital: Menahem Pressler

August 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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