Sat 16 Sep 5.00pm & Sun 17 Sep 3.30pm, 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
Saturday 16 September:
MOZART Piano Sonata K333, in B flat major
SCHUBERT Impromptus D.899 Nos 2 and 3
BEETHOVEN Piano sonata, the Waldstein, Op 53, in C major
Junko Kobayashi who was born in Japan, will perform Mozart’s sparkling piano sonata, K333, written at the same time as the Linz symphony, followed by two of Schubert’s Impromptus, and concluding with one of Beethoven’s greatest sonatas, the Waldstein.
Sunday 17 September:
BEETHOVEN Piano sonata No 1, in F minor, op 2 no1
CHOPIN Waltzes, nocturnes and mazurkas
VERDI / LISZT Paraphrase on Rigoletto
Junko Kobayashi who was born in Japan, will perform Beethoven’s especially beautiful early piano sonata, Op 2 No 1, followed by a selection of Chopin’s waltzes, nocturnes and mazurkas; with, to finish, the brilliant and rousing paraphrase by Liszt on the theme which appears at the end of Verdi’s opera, Rigoletto
The elegant horse-shoe-shaped Holywell Music Room was built in the middle of the eighteenth century. It is said to be the oldest purpose-built music room in Europe, and has a fine acoustic.