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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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January 2019
6 Jan

Wilson & Wakeman

Sunday 6th January 2019 7pm Title Wilson & Wakeman Ticket Price £20 www.wilsonwakeman.com

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Holocaust Memorial Concert

January 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day our Artist in Residence, Natalie Clein programmes a concert with works by composers, activists and victims of the Holocaust.   Throughout the rise of right-wing radicalism, Erwin Schulhoff integrated a variety of musical influences into more traditional musical forms, from jazz to Dadaist…

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March 2019

Lieder Composition Workshop

March 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Free and open to all.

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International Women’s Day: Shiva Feshareki

March 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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In the first half of the concert Soprano Katherine Watson is joined by our new Director of Performance, Elizabeth Kenny on theorbo, in music by two of the leading vocal composers of either gender in early seventeenth century Italy, Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi.  Both were star performers, one in Florence…

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Sounds of South Asia Series: Music and dance at the court in Kabul

March 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Sounds of South Asia Series Music and dance at the court in Kabul – reimagining classical forms The concert forms part of a week-long residency for Ensemble Zohra, the first-ever all female orchestra of Afghanistan. Led by postdoctoral researcher, Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, the residency combines side-by-side performances with the Orchestra…

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