The Holywell music rooms are the oldest, purpose built music venue in Europe,
originally designed by by Thomas Camplin, the Vice-Principal of St Edmund Hall.
First opening it's doors back in 1748, it has been hosting
music concerts for over 269 years and now most famed for its excellent acoustics.
The building was Grade II* listed in 1954 then restored and refitted
in 1959-60, making this 180 seat venue able to host a variety of
singer/songwriter's and folk style music on a very regular basis
today. Giving established artists and musicians the opportunity to experience this
beautiful building for themselves, as well as up and coming acts.
Both Haydn, Handel and The Oxford Philharmonic Society are among the many famous
musicians to have played here in the past and the auditorium itself boasts an organ and fabulous U-shaped raked seating.
Holywell Music and Folk has been born out of a desire
to keep this music tradition alive in the heart of Oxford, in the UK's most beautiful building.
It is very important to give young, local and talented acts the opportunity and experience to play in such an amazing venue, a chance to play in front of a large, appreciative and understanding crowd keen to support and promote local artists. It is very essential to nurture young talent and encourage them as much as possible.
We are run entirely by volunteers, as many as 8 can be involved at times, and are a non- profit organisation. Any money made is ploughed back into improving the sound through new more modern equipment, paying the artists a higher fees or paying for them to stay the night if needed. From start to finish can take 10 hours of work to make it happen every gig, but is well worth the effort from the joy both acts and audience get from it. We are committed to bringing the best of what is on offer for the entertainment of the people of Oxford.
We will in future be using The Quaker Meeting House in conjunction with the Holywell Music Rooms to put on our music shows. Just look on the 'What's on' page to see which venue the show will be played in. The QMH is located at 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW and is 3 doors down from the Eagle and Child pub. There will be an A frame board outside on the day of the gig with a poster advertising that days show.
Please navigate through to our 'Whats On' page for
a full list of up-coming events, and then browse through the rest of the site at your leisure.
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