Wed 15 Aug, 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
Jack Gibbons’ 31st annual Oxford Summer Piano Series
The acclaimed pianist and composer Jack Gibbons concludes his 31st annual Summer Piano Series with his traditional end-of-summer mix of reminiscences and requests chosen on the night by the audience. The set first half of the programme will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Gershwin, plus a few surprises from Gibbons himself, while the audience will choose the music of the second half.
Duration: 2 hours 30mins with interval