Sun 27 Jan 2019, 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
Consone String Quartet
Haydn: Quartets in D minor op 42 & op 103
Beethoven: Quartet in F op 18 no 1
Fanny Mendelssohn: Quartet in E flat
This young prize-winning quartet is dedicated to exploring and recreating the sound-worlds of the Classical and early Romantic string quartet repertoire through period instrument performance.
The Consone bring familiar repertoire as well as the lesser known. These include Haydn's last quartet and a work by Felix Mendelssohn's highly talented sister. 'The players know how to enjoy themselves they clearly know that Haydn did too'. [ Wigmore Hall concert review in 'The Strad'].
Duration: 2 hours with interval