Holywell Music Room

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View of the Holywell Music Room from 2008.
Holywell Music Room is located in Oxford city centre
Holywell Music Room
Location of The Holywell Music Room within central Oxford
George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), who performed in the Holywell Music Room.
Holywell Room in 2015 with altered facade and new fencing.

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.[1] It is said to be the oldest purpose-built music room in Europe, and hence Britain's first concert hall.[1]

It was built in 1748, designed by Dr Thomas Camplin, the vice-principal of St Edmund Hall.[1] Many musicians, including Haydn, have performed classical music here.[citation needed] The auditorium includes an organ and U-shaped raked seating.

The building was Grade II* listed in 1954.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Tyack, Geoffrey (1998). Oxford: An architectural guide. Oxford University Press. pp. 187–188. ISBN 0-14-071045-0. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from image database (245575)". Images of England. 

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Coordinates: 51°45′19″N 1°15′12″W / 51.7552°N 1.2532°W / 51.7552; -1.2532