Holywell Music Room

Price guide: Mid-range

Holywell Street, Oxford, OX2 3SD

Price guide: Mid-range

Holywell Music Room
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Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
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Expert review of Holywell Music Room

England's first public concert hall.

Visiting the Holywell Music Room is not just a great musical experience - the predominantly wooden acoustics are excellent for chamber music - it's also a brush with history. This 18th-century purpose-built performing space was constructed in 1742 during the reign of George III. Many musicians, including Haydn and Handel, have performed here.

The interior of the auditorium has U-shaped raked seating and an organ. In many respects it resembles an 18th-century non-Conformist chapel.

Expert tips: 
A list of concerts is usually displayed in front of the music room but a full programme - and tickets - can be sourced from the Oxford Playhouse: www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford.

More information on Holywell Music Room:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Landmark / monument
Holywell Street, Oxford, OX2 3SD
Faculty of Music: 01865 276125
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Depending on concert programme.

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