Sat 16 Jun, 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
The Schubert Ensemble returns to the Holywell Music Room with a programme of much-loved piano quartets.
After 35 years at the forefront of British Chamber Music, the Ensemble has decided that this will be its last season. Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Chamber Ensemble Award, the Ensemble has performed in over 40 countries, has held residencies in universities and conservatoires, has broadcast extensively and released over 25 critically acclaimed CDs. Commissioning has always been important to the ensemble and the recent premiere of Judith Weir's A Song of Departure at the Wigmore Hall in March was the 50th major commission. The Ensemble has recently added to its recorded legacy with a series of live concerts that can be found on its YouTube channel.
With over 50 concerts in this farewell season the group has had the opportunity for its five members to say thank you and goodbye to the many good friends they have made over the years. Playing for the last time in the Holywell, a favourite hall, will be especially celebratory.
Duration: 1 hour 50mins with interval
Schumann 3 Canonic Studies
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1
Dvorák Piano Quartet No. 2