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
The Oxford Chamber Music Society Season Ticket grants entry to the following 7 events:
3 November 2019
Pavel Haas String Quartet
Beethoven & Tchaikovsky
Our season opens with a unique opportunity to experience the world-class Pavel Haas Quartet performing in the intimacy of the Holywell Music Room. Renowned for their outstanding performances and award-winning recordings, they will play two highly expressive works, Tchaikovsky's Quartet no. 3 and Beethoven's Quartet op.59 no.3.
1 December 2019
Mozart Oboe Quartet
Nicholas Daniel and friends
This concert brings a welcome return visit by Nicholas Daniel, one of the world's great oboe players. Accompanied by a string ensemble of his friends, he will perform an attractive and informal programme of works by Mozart and 20th century English and French composers. It promises to be interesting and engaging afternoon.
12 January 2020
Doric String Quartet
Haydn Beethoven & Sibelius
Firmly established as one of the leading string quartets of its generation, the Doric String Quartet receives enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. They will be performing Haydn's popular Joke quartet, Sibelius's Intimate Voices quartet, a contemporary work and the first of Beethoven's much-loved op.18 quartets.
16 February 2020
From Bach to Nielsen
The Atéa Quintet is one of the foremost British Wind Quintets. Internationally acclaimed, they became double prize winners at the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition and are Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. They will be playing a diverse programme of delights including music by Bach and Nielsen.
22 March 2020
Schubert & Haydn
Maggini String Quartet
The Maggini String Quartet has long been a favourite of Oxford audiences and continues to be much admired by chamber music playing enthusiasts. We're delighted to host the Maggini at the Holywell Music Room again in a programme that includes Haydn's Lark Quartet, Schubert's magnificent G major Quartet and a work drawn from the English quartet repertoire that the Maggini have very much made their own.
26 April 2020
A Baroque Celebration of Spring
Flauti d'echo is a truly outstanding young recorder duo who are joined by leading early music players in a programme that celebrates the arrival of spring with music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi and others. Cheeky cuckoos, blossoming flowers, dancing shepherds and buffeting winds frame a beautiful pastoral aria, 'Awake, Thou Wintry Earth', by J.S. Bach.
17 May 2020
Schumann Piano Quintet
Alasdair Beatson & friends
The highly accomplished pianist and chamber musician Alasdair Beatson is joined by a quartet of his friends, all leading string players, in a festive finale to the season which will include Dvorak's lovely D major Piano Quartet and Schumann's magnificent Piano Quintet.
Duration: 2 hours 15mins with interval
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