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Holywell Music Room

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Holywell Street
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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October 2018

Beethoven Complete Violin Sonatas Series V

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Athena Hawksley-Walker (violin) and Tom Fetherstonhaugh (piano) complete their series of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas in the Holywell Music Room. They will perform Sonatas No. 8 in G Major, and No. 9 in A Major, ‘Kreutzer’. Tickets: free, no advance booking necessary

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Beethoven Complete Violin Sonatas Series V

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Athena Hawksley-Walker (violin) and Tom Fetherstonhaugh (piano) complete their series of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas in the Holywell Music Room. They will perform Sonatas No. 8 in G Major, and No. 9 in A Major, ‘Kreutzer’. Tickets: free, no advance booking necessary

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November 2018

Robert Saxton Birthday Concert

November 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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The Faculty’s New Music ensemble, Ensemble ISIS, with Music Director John Traill perform a concert to celebrate the 65th birthday of Professor Robert Saxton. Works will include Saxton’s Resurrection of the Soldiers, and Chamber Symphony: The Circles of Light, in addition to pieces by Deborah Pritchard and Samantha Fernando.

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Oxford University Music Cuppers Chamber Music Final

November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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To wrap up the inaugural Inter-College ‘Cuppers’ event, OUMS presents the chamber music final. Tickets on the door and in advance.

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Oxford University Music Cuppers Chamber Music Final

November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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To wrap up the inaugural Inter-College ‘Cuppers’ event, OUMS presents the chamber music final.

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