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Holywell Street
Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited 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 2019

    TORCH: Lamartine et la musique (Concert)

    October 29 @ 8:00 pm
    Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
    Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited Kingdom
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    Free and open to all, booking recommended. Booking: www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/lamartine-et-la-musique ‘2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of French poet, Alphonse de Larmartine. French bass-baritone Philippe Cantor sings texts by Lamartine, with pianist Daniel Propper. Beforehand, Olivier Feignier will lecture on Lamartine's poetry and its musical incarnations.’

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    November 2019

    Beyond the Island: New Music for Gamelan and Prepared Piano

    November 2 @ 7:30 pm
    Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
    Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited Kingdom
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    Rolf Hind piano, Hammer & Bronze gamelan quartet, Isabelle Carré flute/alto flute Leading a programme which explores tonalities and sound worlds, Rolf Hind’s Beyond the Island interweaves Javanese metallophones and gong chimes with prepared piano. Programme: Rolf Hind                Beyond the Island (world premiere) Richard Causton     Chorales Symon Clarke        …

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    Ensemble ISIS Concert

    November 8 @ 7:30 pm
    Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
    Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited Kingdom
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    Ensemble ISIS conducted by Dr John Traill. Programme to include works by Emily Howard and Kenneth Hesketh. Tickets: £5 (free for music students)

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    14 Nov

    The Crane: Music from Armenia | Gascia Ouzounian (violin) and Eve Egoyan (piano)

    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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    Performance Clinic: Jeremy Huw Williams

    November 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
    Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited 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 3SDUnited 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. Music to include Wollenberg's song-cycle Alles auf der Welt ist Wandel, her set of variations for piano solo, Für Fanny Hensel, and Schumann's Dichterliebe. Before the recital Professor Wollenberg will be in conversation…

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    ‘Feeling New Strength’: String Quartets and the Voice

    November 29 @ 7:30 pm
    Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
    Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited 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

    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 3SDUnited 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

    Ensemble ISIS

    February 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
    Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
    Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited Kingdom
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    Conducted by Dr John Traill. Programme to feature works by Richard Causton alongside student compositions. Tickets: £5 (free for students)

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    TORCH: Trio Owon – Beethoven Residency

    February 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
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    One event on February 12, 2020 at 7:30pm

    Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
    Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited 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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    TORCH: Trio Owon – Beethoven Residency

    February 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
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    One event on February 12, 2020 at 7:30pm

    Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street
    Oxford,OX1 3SDUnited 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 3SDUnited 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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