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Holywell Music Room, Oxford

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The Holywell Music Room is the city of Oxford's chamber music hall, situated on Holywell Street in the city centre, within the grounds of Wadham College. It is said to be the oldest purpose-built music room in Europe, and hence Britain's first concert hall.
It was built in 1748, designed by Dr Thomas Camplin, the vice-principal of St Edmund Hall. The venue was important for popularizing the music of Haydn in 18th century England. He was the most frequently performed composer during 1788-1791; at short notice he was unable to attend a planned visit to the venue while in Oxford in 1791. The auditorium includes an organ and U-shaped raked seating.
The building was Grade II* listed in 1954.
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  • We attended the May Day concert of Magpie Lane, a local folk group who have a considerable following. My daughter, who is autistic, has all their CDs. The Music Room was the perfect setting - no need ...  more »
  • I visited Holywell Music Room in Oxford today. They have top class Sunday coffee concerts on Sundays at 11.15 am. I almost don’t want to write this review so that it doesn’t get overcrowded! Holywell ...  more »
  • Old but bright and acoustically excellent music room. Thoroughly enjoyed our lunchtime concert today. High standard Of classical music. Highly recommend.  more »
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  • Very nice acoustic and space for listening, and some amazing stuff is put on here as well. Love it
  • Great music venue. Lovely acoustic
  • Amazing atmosphere - saw Damian Wilson and Adam Wakeman here, and it was incredible. A great venue for acoustic performances!
  • A great little venue for live music in Oxford, with really excellent performances of classical music of all types. It is also used for some more contemporary music and dance. The seating can be a little uncomfortable after a while since the backs are hard, but usually the performances make up for it!
  • Great folk music promoted by Holywell Music and Folk
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