Sun 15 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
The Dr K. Sextet explores and tells stories, drawing on an eclectic mix of composers from around the world who have used folk tales to create fascinating musical stories. Programme to include: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Dances from the Two Fiddlers (sextet), Sadie Harrison Bell Music for St Casimir (clarinet and piano), Thomas Simaku My Beautiful Morea (flute and piano), Kaija Saariaho Oi Kuu (bass clarinet and cello), Howard Skempton The Durham Strike (piano), Jasmin Kent Rodgman Recitations (violin and loop pedal), Jeremy Thurlow New Work (World Premiere), Thomas Albert Thirteen Ways (sextet)
Duration: 2 hours 15mins with interval
Note: Young people aged 8 to 25 will be admitted free of charge (subject to ticket availability) – only available at the door, not through Tickets Oxford.