Sun 24 Feb 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
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K581
Martinů: Three Madrigals for violin and viola
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor op 115
Endymion and their superb clarinettist Mark van der Wiel are no strangers to Oxford's music lovers. They perform two much-loved chamber works for clarinet and strings.
Martinů's approachable but distinctive chamber music should be heard more often. His Three Madrigals for violin and viola were inspired by Mozart's Duos and they draw on the Bohemian-Moravian folk themes and dances of the composer's roots.
Duration: 2 hours with interval