Wed 2 Aug, Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian Theatre was erected in 1664-8 to a design by Sir Christopher Wren. Its purpose was to provide an appropriate secular venue for the principal meetings and public ceremonies of the University, and this remains its purpose today. In addition the theatre has become a leading venue for musical concerts and recitals. Please note that tickets for concerts cannot be bought at the Sheldonian.
Please note Semi Circle and Upper Gallery seats do not have backrest.
Capacity: 800 - 1000
Facilities: Toilets (also disabled), No bar
The legendary pianist Alfred Brendel, the first person ever to record Beethoven’s complete piano works, will give a lecture with demonstrations on Beethoven’s late sonatas. Few people alive today can speak with such authority or insight about these towering works of solo piano literature.
For 60 years Alfred Brendel has enjoyed a distinguished international career, and has performed regularly at the world’s music festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. He has received honorary degrees from many universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Yale, and was awarded an honorary KBE in 1989. In 1992 Brendel received the Hans von Bülow Medal from the Berlin Philharmonic and was granted Honorary Membership of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in December 1998. He has received countless awards including the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the MIDEM Cannes Classical Awards, the Leonie Sonning Prize, the Robert Schumann Prize, the 2002 South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the 2008 Karajan Prize and the 2010 Gramophone ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award. Brendel is Patron of the Oxford Piano Festival.
Oxford Piano Festival
Event not suited for children under 5.
Wheelchair spaces are only bookable through Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: 01865 980 980
If you have any other types of access requirements, please contact the box office via telephone (01865 305 305) or in person so that we can arrange a suitable seat for you.