Sat 26 Jan, 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
6.30pm | Talk with survivor and educator Mala Tribich (née Helfgott)
7.30pm | Concert
On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day our Artist in Residence, Natalie Clein programmes a concert with works by composers, activists and victims of the Holocaust.
Throughout the rise of right-wing radicalism, Erwin Schulhoff integrated a variety of musical influences into more traditional musical forms, from jazz to Dadaist and Expressionist aesthetics. In “Five Pieces for String Quartet” (1923) and “Duo for Violin and Cello”, Schulhoff’s invites the listener to a complex play of contrasting musical ideas. Berthold Goldschmidt’s Retrospectrum stands out as a landmark in the composer’s biography. Inspired by Schoenberg’s string trio (1946) and designated to “Entartete Musik” in Nazi Germany, Goldschmidt returned to composing only in the 1980s, creating Retrospectrum in 1991. Hans Krása is possibly one of the most important musicians in Nazi occupied Germany. The Czech composer organised orchestral performances in Theresienstadt and the musical life in the concentration camp. Passacaglia and Fugue and “Tanec” (Dance) are two of Krása’s greatest works for string trio.
Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
Alena Baeva, violin
Lawrence Power, viola
Natalie Clein, cello
Erwin Schulhoff Five Pieces for String Quartet
Hans Krása Passacaglia and Fugue for String Trio
Berthold Goldschmidt Retrospectrum
Erwin Schulhoff Duo for Violin and Cello
Hans Krása Tanec” (Dance) for String Trio