Sun 12 Jan 2020, 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
Walking: 10 mins from town centre
From Banbury, by Car: approx. 45 mins. By Bus: S4 to Oxford City Centre. By Train: approx. 30 mins, Cross Country to Bournemouth, Oxford station then 20 min walk to Holywell Street
Haydn Beethoven & Sibelius
Haydn: Quartet op 33 no 2
Sibelius: Quartet 'Voces Intimae' op 56
Britten: 3 Divertimenti (1936)
Beethoven: Quartet in F op 18 no 1
Firmly established as one of the leading string quartets of its generation, the Doric String Quartet receives enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Alongside their main season concerts the Quartet also has a busy international festival schedule.
Their programme opens with Haydn's popular 'Joke' quartet. Sibelius's 'Intimate Voices' quartet reflects the personal cross-roads the composer had reached in his transition from a romantic to a modernist composer and Britten's Divertimenti provide a refreshing preface to one of Beethoven's much-loved quartets.
Duration: 2 hours with interval
If you require a Wheelchair Space, please email Oxford Chamber Music Society at
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