Sun 22 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
Maggini String Quartet
Haydn: Quartet op 64 no 5 'The Lark'
Rawsthorne: Quartet no 1
Schubert: Quartet in G D887
The Maggini Quartet has long been a favourite of Oxford audiences and continues to be much admired by chamber music playing enthusiasts. In addition to two great classical masterpieces they bring a work drawn from the English quartet repertoire that the Maggini have very much made their own.
Schubert's late G major Quartet is a work of symphonic scale and expression, a masterpiece. Rawsthorne's Quartet no. 1 is cast as a concise theme and variations and Haydn's 'Lark' Quartet has been so named from the soaring violin theme with which it opens.
Duration: 2 hours with interval
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