Sun 17 May 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
Alasdair Beatson & Friends
Dvořák: Piano Quartet in D op 23
Hindemith: String Trio no 2
Suk: Elegie op 23
Schumann: Piano Quintet
The highly accomplished pianist and chamber musician Alasdair Beatson is joined by a quartet of leading string players in a varied programme framed by Dvořák's lovely D major Piano Quartet and Schumann's magnificent Piano Quintet.
Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician and has performed at London’s Kings Place and Wigmore Hall and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. He has also taken part in at festivals in Aldeburgh, Resonances and Ernen and collaborates with some of the foremost soloists, the Doric String Quartet, the Gringolts Quartet and the Nash Ensemble. For this concert he is joined by his much respected chamber music playing friends, Sini Simonen & Beatrice Philips, violin, James Boyd, viola and Pierre Doumenge, cello.
Duration: 2 hours with interval
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