Sat 9 Dec, 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
A hugely entertaining celebration by popular 5-piece The Oxford Waits, performing in period costume. With Music and Spoken Word; Lute; Baroque Violin; Hurdy Gurdy; Shawm; Hammered Dulcimer; Nyckelharpa; Recorder and superb singing voices contributing to a splendid seasonal show featuring carols, christmas ballads and lively dances.
"Terrific Entertainment" - BRIAN KAY, BBC RADIO 3
Wheelchair spaces are limited in number at the Holywell Music Room. Please call 01865 305 305 if you require a wheelchair space.