Sun 30 Apr, 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
Celebrate the coming season with May carols, seasonal airs and traditional dance tunes from top Oxfordshire folk band, Magpie Lane. Fiddle, Anglo-concertina, cello, guitar, percussion - and superb singing voices. Magpie Lane are folk legends in Oxford. They have been performing in the city for over 20 years and are especially known for their events at the Holywell Music Room. 'If there were a pub session in heaven it would sound like this' Sing Out!
Duration: 2 hours