Thu 6 Feb, 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
Baritone Marcus Farnsworth and pianist Huw Watkins give a recital in which they give the world premiere of Richard Causton's song cycle La Terra Impareggiabile (The Incomparable Earth). Written over a span of more than twenty years, La Terra Impareggiabile sets words by the Sicilian poet and Nobel Prizewinner Salvatore Quasimodo (1901-1968). The ten songs trace a trajectory from birth to death through the prism of Quasimodo's extraordinary, exalted imagery of nature and love.
In the first half Marcus and Huw will perform Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte and a selection of Schubert's Lieder.
More of Richard Causton's works for ensemble will be performed the following evening by Ensemble ISIS.
Duration: 1 hour 45mins with interval
To book a Wheelchair Space for this event, please call 01865 305 305