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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.

November 2019

The Crane | Music from Armenia

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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A rare opportunity to hear folk, sacred, and art music by Armenian composers, performed by Armenian Canadian pianist Eve Egoyan and violinist Gascia Ouzounian. Arno Babajanian’s dazzling modernist sonata is presented alongside much-beloved works by Soviet Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian, and sacred and folk music set by Komitas, an Armenian…

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TORCH | Calculus of the Nervous System

November 18 @ 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom

Emily HOWARD                                          Ada sketches Emily HOWARD                                          Wild Clematis in Winter Emily HOWARD                                          But then, what are these numbers? PRiSM Team led by Robert Laidlow        Alter TORCH is proud to present works by leading British composer, Emily Howard, inspired by the pioneering nineteenth-century…

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Performance Clinic: Jeremy Huw Williams

November 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Free and open to all. Jeremy Huw Williams is a Welsh baritone of international acclaim. Ahead of performing in the Faculty’s evening concert, he will coach vocal students from the Faculty of Music and talk about his role as president of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. Performance clinics are the…

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A Life in Music: Celebrating Susan Wollenberg’s 70th Birthday

November 21 @ 7:15 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Jeremy Huw Williams and Paula Fan will perform a selection of Lieder and piano music to celebrate the 70th birthday of Professor Susan Wollenberg. Faculty of Music students and staff: to get your free tickets, email events@music.ox.ac.uk  Programme   Schumann   Dichterliebe   Susan Wollenberg   Alles auf der Welt…

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OUMS Chamber Music | New Members’ Concert

November 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom

Featuring a variety of ensembles formed by OUMS Chamber Music in Michaelmas Term 2019.  

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Music Kyogen: Scrooge

November 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Music Kyogen Scrooge is an innovative theatrical production that combines Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Japanese traditional comedy play Kyogen, and contemporary music. The two leading Kyogen masters, Juro Zenchiku and Daijiro Zenchiku perform their roles according to the traditional Kyogen practice with a libretto written by Koichi Nagaya for this production.…

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The Fetch: Songs of the Uncanny

November 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom

This provocative song-recital probes themes of the uncanny in a programme merging the traditional with the contemporary. At its core is the premiere of a song-cycle by American pianist-composer Eric McElroy (Merton College, Oxford) based on poems by Gregory Leadbetter (Birmingham City University) that examines music’s ability to reawaken the…

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‘Feeling New Strength’: String Quartets and the Voice

November 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Dynamic ensemble The Kreutzer Quartet perform Beethoven's fifteenth string quartet, whose lively middle section 'Neue Kraft fuehlend' (feeling new strength) is set against music that echoes a solemn religious song. In this innovative concert, The Kreutzer join forces with singers from the Faculty of Music, led by renowned tenor James…

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December 2019

OUMS Chamber Music | Ravel and Mozart

December 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom

Ravel – String Quartet Katalin Oldland (violin), Sam Woof McColl (violin), William Emery (viola), Holly Jackson (cello) Mozart – Clarinet Quintet Ralph Lane (clarinet)  

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Peter Knight & John Spiers: Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition… And Beyond

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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On a summer's day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off…

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February 2020

Richard Causton | La Terra Impareggiabile

February 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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  Baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist Huw Watkins give a recital in which they give the World Premier performance of Richard Causton's song cycle La Terra Impareggiabile (The Incomparable Earth). Written over a span of more than twenty years,  La Terra Impareggiabile sets words by the Sicilian poet and Nobel Prizewinner…

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Ensemble ISIS

February 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Conducted by Dr John Traill. Programme to feature works by Richard Causton alongside student compositions. Tickets: £5 Faculty of Music students and staff: to get your free tickets, email events@music.ox.ac.uk 

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Trio Owon | Beethoven’s Piano Trios

February 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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TORCH, Wadham College, and the Faculty of Music are delighted to host Trio Owon for performances of the complete piano trios of Ludwig van Beethoven, spread across two concerts. The Trio Owon was formed in 2009 from the merger of three musicians from the Paris Conservatory, united by the same…

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Trio Owon | Beethoven’s Piano Trios

February 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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TORCH, Wadham College, and the Faculty of Music are delighted to host Trio Owon for performances of the complete piano trios of Ludwig van Beethoven, spread across two concerts. The Trio Owon was formed in 2009 from the merger of three musicians from the Paris Conservatory, united by the same…

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Contrapunctus Workshop

February 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
Oxford, OX1 3SD United Kingdom
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Free and open to all. Ahead of their concert on Saturday 29 February, Owen Rees and soloists from Contrapunctus will work with Faculty of Music students on seventeenth-century repertoire and performance issues.

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