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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.

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27 Jan

Concert: Bach Project – Three minds in counterpoint The Goldberg variations arranged for string trio

Bach               Goldberg variations (Arr. Dmitry Sitkovetsky) Henning Kraggerud, violin Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola Natalie Clein, cello Tickets available at www.ticketsoxford.com  

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1 Feb

The Villiers Quartet Lunchtime Concert

Finn Shields – Neuvoton (7′) Dmitri Shostakovich – Quartet no. 3 in F major, Op. 73 (32′)

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3 Feb

The Villiers Quartet

Schubert Quartettsatz Schoenberg Quartet no. 2 with soprano Julia Sitkovetsky Webern Langsamer Satz Brahms Quartet in C minor op. 51 no. 1 Music Students! Email events@music.ox.ac.uk to reserve your free ticket

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17 Feb

Concert and talk: The Harmonie in Beethoven’s Vienna

Pre concert talk 6.45pm Claire Holden, Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded Transforming 19th-Century Historically Informed Performance project at the Faculty of Music discusses approaches to performing early 19th-century arrangements with members of Boxwood and Brass. The Harmonie in Beethoven’s Vienna A rare chance to hear this extraordinary harmonie version of Beethoven’s symphony on instruments of the early 19th century, exactly 200 years after it was issued by the composer’s publisher. Leading specialists Boxwood & Brass place this tour-de-force in…

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