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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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28 Feb

Concert: The Bate Players – Brandenburg 6


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6 Mar

Sarah Connolly Concert

Renowned mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, Oriel Visiting Musician for the 2016-17 academic year. Tickets available at http://www.ticketsoxford.com

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7 Mar

Sarah Connolly Masterclass

Further details and tickets from rebecca.bricklebank@oriel.ox.ac.uk   Timings TBC

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7 Mar

International Women’s Day Celebration

Following last year’s concert celebrating International Women’s Day, the Music Faculty is proud to present this year’s celebration curated the Director of Performance and Artist in Residence Cellist Natalie Clein. 7pm Pre-concert Talk Elisabeth Lutyens and her contemporaries; a discussion with Brian Elias and Robert Saxton 8pm Concert Gillian Keith, soprano (replaces Claire Booth due to illness) Anna Tilbrook, pianist Natalie Clein, ‘cello Programme to include Rebecca Clarke Cello Sonata, Songs by Lili Boulanger, Three pieces for cello and piano…

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8 Mar

Masterclass with Natalie Clein

Tickets available from www.musicatoxford.com      

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27 Apr

Humanitas Illustrated Lecture by Dame Mitsuko Uchida

How they differ, comparing two major piano concertos: Beethoven N.4 in G Major and Mozart’s K. 503 Pianist Mitsuko Uchida is amongst the best loved and respected in the music world. She returns to Oxford to give an illustrated lecture in memory of the late Lord Weidenfeld who created the Humanitas Visiting Professor at Oxford and Cambridge. To register for your free ticket click here

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18 Jun

Bate Collection Family Concert with Gosford Hill School


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