The venue plays host to a wide range of concerts with a repertoire ranging from medieval music to avant garde jazz. The buildings versatility in terms of adjustable acoustic and seating configurations has enabled it to become the home for numerous local groups who have made it their first choice for regular performances. The building now also promote their own concert series, under the patronage of cellist Steven Isserlis, which provides both new and established artists from Britain and abroad.
Facilities: Toilets, Bar, Rehearsal rooms
Pay and display parking may be available in St Clements public car park, and there are a limited number of spaces sometimes available in Magdalen College School car park directly opposite the main entrance to St Hilda'ss. Disabled parking is available - please call to reserve a space.
Walking: approx. 15 mins
By car: approx. 10 mins
By Bus: approx. 20 mins, Gloucester Green Bus Station (Bay 3), X90 to London every 15 mins, St Clements Street (Stop A).
St Aldates (Stop G4), BROOKESbus U5X to JR every 4 mins, The Plain Stop
Westgate (Stop E1), 3 or 3A to Rose Hill, The Plain Stop
St Hilda's College, Cowley Place,
Telephone: 01865 286 660
Outstanding pianist and groundbreaking composer Edward Chilvers will be performing at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford, on Friday October 26th (7.30-10pm).
The first half of the concert will focus on Edward’s structured piano improvisations, set around unprecedentedly complex polyrhythmic patterns and tonal systems. The music is designed and intended to unravel the mind and bring the listener deeply into the present moment, at times gently, at times fiercely. The work is an extension and development of his '12 Etudes' (International Piano review, 5*)
The second half of the concert will be more playful, with Edward creating extended variations based on requests given by the audience during the interval. The audience suggestions and the resultant variations may be polyrhythmic, bluesy, classical, or any style - Edward will play whatever looks the most fun!
International Piano said of Edward's debut CD '12 Etudes': ‘…intriguing…involving…fascinating resonances abound….all are superbly played by the composer. An important release.’ Edward's etudes have also been premiered on Radio 3."
Duration: 2 hours 30mins with interval
The evening may be interactive with the audience invited to ask questions or make suggestions. The audience may leave their seats and move around if they desire. There may be scented candles or flowers to create an atmosphere.