Ultimate Guide to the Holywell Music Room
The Holywell Music Room is one of the most historic venues in the city. To help you with your trip, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the Holywell Music Room! Enjoy.
The Holywell Music Room has an impressive claim to be the oldest custom built concert hall in Europe, and opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1748. It was designed by Thomas Camplin, Vice-Principal of St Edmund Hall, and was the brainchild of William Hayes, then Professor of Music at the University.
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 events, 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.
Mon – Fri09:30 – 18:00
Oxford Train Station
High Street Bus Stop T3, T3, L3, L1, L2, T1, T2
Broad Street Car Park, 52 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BS
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