Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Thu 12 Mar 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
Pianist-composer Eric McElroy is joined by international Indian tenor Anando Mukerjee for this celebration through song of love in its many forms and intensities. Cherished song-cycles by John Ireland (Songs Sacred and Profane) and Gerald Finzi (Oh Fair to See) are placed alongside four masterful settings of John Addington Symonds by Ian Venables, "Britain's greatest living composer of art song" (Musical Opinion).
The concert also features the premiere of Eric McElroy's new cycle (Tongues of Fire) of three poems by Grevel Lindop, "One of the most complex and sophisticated British poets...Classical tradition fused with the edginess of late modernism" (Harvard Review).
Duration: 1 hour 30mins with interval
A pre-concert talk at 7:15pm with Grevel Lindop considers the relationship between poetry and music