Tue 14 Nov, Holywell Music Room
The oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe, the Holywell Music Room opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1748. Designed by Thomas Camplin, Vice-Principal of St Edmund Hall.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 purposes 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 the 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.
Facilities: Toilets, Disabled access, No bar
Reiko Fujisawa performs two popular masterworks of the piano repertoire - Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata and Chopin's Sonata No.3, alongside Thomas Adès' quirky, rhythmic Three Mazurkas.
Reiko has appeared at prestigious venues across the UK and abroad, including Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre and King’s Place, London, and overseas in Japan and South Africa. After her studies in Tokyo, San Francisco and London, Reiko’s playing embodies a European sensibility that has its roots in musical Japan, and has been described by The Times as “a total joy” and The Guardian as “beautifully poised”
Duration: 1:50 with interval