Tue 14 Apr, 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
The acclaimed pianist and composer Jack Gibbons, whose highly popular annual summer Oxford concerts have been running without a break since 1988, makes a rare spring visit to Oxford with the second of two Easter concerts. Described by Classic FM as “one of the world’s greatest Gershwin exponents” Gibbons recreates the extraordinary world of George Gershwin through his authentic reconstruction of the virtuoso piano style that made Gershwin’s playing legendary at New York high society parties in the 1920s and 30s. In addition Gibbons’ programme will contain four of his own recent compositions, including Solace, Nocturne Op.93, and his folk-inspired Appalachian Fancy.
Duration: 2 hours with interval
Programme to include:
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody
GERSHWIN: recreations of the composer's original show-tune improvisations:
Someone To Watch Over Me
Sweet and Low-down
For You, For Me, For Evermore
Do Do Do
Somebody From Somewhere
I Got Rhythm
GIBBONS: Appalachian Fancy Op.107
GIBBONS: Solace Op.110
GIBBONS: Prelude in A flat Op.37
GIBBONS: Nocturne in B flat minor Op.93
If you require a wheelchair space for this performance, please call 01865 305 305 for availability.
Tickets are £18 in advance. If any tickets are left to purchase on the door, these will be sold at £22.