Sun 13 Jan 2019, 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
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Mozart: Flute Quartet in D K285
Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Françaix: Quintet for flute, harp and string trio
Debussy: Violin Sonata
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor K478
This is a programme that ranges from the sensual to the sublime. It's performed by a versatile and flexible ensemble which includes some of the cream of London-based musicians.
Marking the centenary of the death of Debussy, the music includes his three late sonatas in which the dying composer defiantly upheld the French tradition in time of war. These are contrasted with two Mozart favourites.
Duration: 2 hours with interval