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
Violinist Eve Kennedy and pianist Simon Over perform highlights from the repertoire by Brahms, Mozart, Franck, and Sarasate.
As a soloist, Eve Kennedy recently performed as a prizewinner of the Derek Butler Concerto Competition (Southbank Sinfonia), in addition to performances of the Bruch, Mendelssohn, and Vivaldi Four Seasons concertos. A skilled chamber musician, Eve’s recent concerts include leading performances at the Royal Opera House in London, the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, and live performances on the flagship “In Tune” programme for BBC Radio 3.
Simon Over studied at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music, and read music at Oxford University. He has performed with great artists including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Willard White and Sir James Galway. Co-founder and Music Director of the Southbank Sinfonia, he conducts the orchestra in a range of performances across the UK and Europe. Simon is guest conductor of the City Chamber Orchestra in Hong Kong and of the Southern Sinfonia in New Zealand. He is the Founder-Conductor of the Parliament Choir, Director of Music of the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir, and Artistic Director of the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany.
Duration: 2 hours with interval
Please call 01865 305 305 to book a wheelchair space for this event.