Built in 1664-8 to a design by Sir Christopher Wren and is now grade 1 listed. The Sheldonian's main purpose is to provide a venue for the principal ceremonies of the University. Its links to Oxford's illustrious musical history can be traced back to performances in 1733 by Handel, and today it is the city's main venue for large classical music concerts. Despite the somewhat sparse facilities and basic seating arrangements, many audience members (and musicians) argue that there are few venues to rival it in terms of atmosphere and acoustic.
In the summer of 1998, the Holywell Music Room celebrated its 250th anniversary. The oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe, it opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1748. Designed by Thomas Camplin, Vice-Principal of St. Edmund Hall, the building was probably the brainchild of William Hayes, then Professor of Music at the University. More recently The Holywell has been the location for many hundreds of concerts featuring prestigious visiting musicians as well as many local groups and student performers.
The 12th century cathedral situated at the heart of Christ Church College is one of the oldest buildings in Oxford. Music has been a central part of the cathedral's activities since the founding of the choir in 1525, under the direction of John Taverner.
The Church of St John the Evangelist by Bodley was built between 1894-6; the tower was completed in 1902. It was originally intended to extend far further west. It is listed Grade 1. Notable are the windows by Kempe, including the magnificent piece at the east end depicting the crucified Jesus in the midst of a vine of saints; and the Bodley reredos.
The Harris Manchester College Chapel is a Pre-Raphaelite jewel. The stained glass windows were all installed by the firm of Morris & Co. of Merton Abbey. The cartoons of the individual lights were designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris. According to Pevsner's 'Buildings of England-Oxfordshire', 'The whole set of Burne-Jones windows in Manchester College Chapel of 1893-8 is... a pure joy'.
This magnificent grade 2* Victorian building not only continues to play a key role in the management, social and cultural life of residents and visitors but is also a versatile venue and home of the Museum of Oxford. With stunning architecture, feature fireplaces, wood panelling and chandeliers, Oxford Town Hall is the perfect venue in Oxford for classical concerts.
The College Chapel dates back to the end of the thirteenth century and stands at the heart of our ancient College as a witness to Christian worship over almost 750 years. The Chapel is also a popular venue for concerts and plays.
This beautiful church was founded in 1869 in the style of a Romanesque basillica and is characterised by its Venetian bell-tower. St Barnabas Church is in a great location for your pick of restaurants on Walton Street and is a stunning concert venue.
The JdP is the first purpose-built concert hall in Oxford since the construction of the Holywell Music Room around the time of Handel. Now owned and run by St Hilda's College, this unique hall was insired by the wish to create a living memory to the renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré.
Please note - to access the venue go via St Hilda's College on Cowley Place.