Sun 3 Nov, 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
Beethoven & Tchaikovsky
Beethoven: Quartet op 59 no 3
Tchaikovsky: Quartet no 3
The Pavel Haas Quartet is a world-class ensemble renowned for their outstanding concerts and recordings, 'the blend of sound in the group is better than ever'. This is a very special opportunity to hear the Quartet perform in the intimacy of the Holywell Music Room.
Beethoven's opus 59 quartets were commissioned by his patron Count Razumovsky and the third of these is one of his most radiant and most frequently performed of all his works of this genre. Tchaikovsky's highly expressive third quartet is a work of contrasting moods ending in joyful celebration. He dedicated it to the memory of a virtuoso violinist who was a fellow professor at the Moscow Conservatory.
Duration: 2 hours with interval
If you require a Wheelchair Space, please email Oxford Chamber Music Society at
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