Holywell Music Room

Europe's oldest custom built concert hall, built in 1748, with superb acoustics, is ideally suited for performances of chamber music or small ensembles.  

  • Exterior of the Holywell Music Room on Holywell Street

  • Piano can be hired via the Faculty of Music

  • Music Room interior

  • IT facilities, including projector and screen are available in the Holywell Music Room

How to Book the Holywell Music Room

Wadham College and Oxford's Faculty of Music are happy to assist you with bookings and queries. However, who is in charge depends on the time of the academic year.

When to book with Wadham?

Please email Wadham College to book the Holywell Music Room during Easter, Summer and Christmas vacations.

In 2019 these are:

  • Easter:                 17/03 – 20/04 inclusive
  • Summer:              30/06 – 05/10 inclusive
  • Christmas:            15/12 – 20/12 inclusive

When to book with Oxford Faculty of Music?

Please contact the Oxford University Faculty of Music to book during the university term times.

In 2019 these are:

  • Hilary Term: 06/01 – 16/03 inclusive
  • Trinity Term: 1/04 – 29/06 inclusive 
  • Michaelmas Term: 06/12 – 14/12 inclusive

Costs and Charges

Wadham College and the Oxford Faculty of Music operate independently so please note that booking processes and prices may differ.

Wadham Holywell Music Room hire charges:

  • Monday to Friday All Day Rate (9am – 11pm): £350.00
  • Monday to Friday Evening Rate (5pm – 11pm): £160.00
  • Saturday (9am – 11pm) and Sunday (2:30pm – 11pm) Rate: £400.00

Additional costs:

  • External stewarding is required at a cost of £60.00 (incl. VAT) for a 2 hour concert (£5.00 for each additional 15 minutes)
  • Performing Rights Society charges are invoiced after the event based on the box office receipts
  • Piano or harpsichord hire is available through the Faculty of Music.

More about hiring the Holywell Music Room including the terms and conditions can be read here.

Wadham College Members

If you teach, study or work at Wadham College, please check availability and request bookings through the room booking page of the website

Filming/Recording of Concerts

Whether for personal or promotional purposes, please obtain filming permission from the Events Office before a performance. Charges may be applicable. The standard filming/recording fee is £30.

  • Tiered seating accommodates 194 people

History of the Holywell Music Room

The Holywell Music Room, with access from Holywell Street, is said to be the oldest, purpose built music room in Europe, and hence England's first concert hall. It was designed by Thomas Camplin, former Vice- Principal of St Edmund Hall, and opened in July 1748. The interior has been restored to a near replica of the original and contains the only surviving Donaldson organ, built in 1790 by John Donaldson of Newcastle. 

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Getting Here

Located on Holywell Street right in the city centre, Holywell Music Room can be easily reached by public transport. 

We regret to say that we are unable to offer parking, but limited paid parking is available in Oxford City centre.

Address: Holywell Music Room, Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3SD