CONCERTS IN OXFORD

Oxford skyline at dawn


Jack Gibbons has been giving highly acclaimed recitals in the university city of Oxford for over 35 years, and his Oxford Summer Piano Series has been running in the city without a break for 29 years! All concerts take place in the historic Holywell Music Room, Europe's oldest purpose-built concert hall, opened in 1748, situated in the centre of the city in Holywell Street.

Generous discounts are available for advance purchases and season tickets:

Purchase your tickets in advance to receive a 20% discount on the full ticket price.
Purchase an 8-concert season ticket to receive a 60% discount on the full ticket price!
 


Holywell Music Room, Oxford
July and August 2016


JACK GIBBONS'
29th annual Summer Piano Series


"High spirited and historically informed"

New Yorker

 


Wednesday 13 July:

An evening of Beethoven

Sunday 17 July:

An evening of Gershwin: ‘The Roaring 20s’

Wednesday 20 July:

An evening of Chopin: The Four Ballades

Sunday 24 July:

The majesty of Bach: 'to refresh your spirits’

Wednesday 27 July:

The Divine & Diabolic: Liszt, Ravel and Alkan

Wednesday 10 August:
An evening of Gershwin: ‘The Swinging 30s’

Sunday 14 August:
An evening of Chopin: Polonaises & Fantaisies

Wednesday 17 August:
Farewell Piano Party


 


TICKETS

Full price tickets (from the hall on concert nights, subject to availability): £20

Advance purchase discount tickets (available up to 24 hours before each concert): £16

8-concert season ticket: £64

Tickets can also be purchased in person (or by phone or internet) from Tickets Oxford, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford (tel 01865 305305).

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CONCERT 1:

AN EVENING OF BEETHOVEN

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 8.00PM


Pathétique Sonata
Moonlight Sonata
Appassionata
Sonata in E minor, Op.90

Jack Gibbons opens the 29th season of his acclaimed annual Oxford Summer Piano Series with the immortal music of Beethoven, including the composer’s three most well-known and beloved sonatas.



"Jack Gibbons opened his 18th summer season at the Holywell last week amid a mild outbreak of Gibbons-mania. The start of the concert was delayed by ten minutes as staff struggled to cope with the demand for seats. Gibbons' affinity with Beethoven's music is such that he transcends mere recital; rather, he becomes one with the composer, absorbing his moods and passions, and recreating his bravura technique."

Oxford Times

This concert is now sold out
 


CONCERT 2:

AN EVENING OF GERSHWIN: The Roaring 20s

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 17th July 2016 at 8.00PM

Rhapsody in Blue
An American in Paris
recreations of the composer's original improvisations on:
Fascinating Rhythm
Someone To Watch Over Me
‘S Wonderful, etc


Described by Classic FM as “one of the world’s greatest Gershwin exponents” Jack Gibbons recreates the heady 1920s parties of George Gershwin with his famous note-for-note reconstructions of the composer’s spectacular improvisations and concert works (as featured on Gibbons’ award-winning “authentic Gershwin” recordings).

"To listen to Gibbons' performances is to marvel afresh at his astonishing virtuosity, his rare control of the music's rhythmic vigour and his supreme relish for its melodic richness... Gershwin does not come more exhilarating than this"
Classic CD magazine

This concert is now sold out 
 


CONCERT 3:

AN EVENING OF CHOPIN: The Four Ballades

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 20th July 2015 at 8.00PM


The Four Ballades
Nocturne in D flat Op.27 no.2
Etudes from Opp.10 & 25
Mazurkas Op.17, Op.41 & Op.63
Preludes from Op.28
Waltz in A flat Op.42
Nocturne in E flat Op.55 no.2


A chance to hear all four of Chopin's incomparable Ballades in a single concert, interspersed with a selection of mazurkas, waltzes, studies & preludes.

 


"As I listened, enthralled, to his glorious playing – now melting, now almost terrifying in its ferocity – there flashed across my mind that much quoted remark of Schumann's concerning Chopin: 'Hats off, gentlemen, genius.’ Surely there was more than a touch of genius in Jack Gibbons."

Croydon Advertiser

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CONCERT 4:

THE MAJESTY OF BACH
'For music lovers, to refresh their spirits'

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 24th July 2016 at 8.00PM

Toccata & Fugue in D minor
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Sheep May Safely Graze
Two Preludes & Fugues from the ‘48’
Chaconne in D minor
Goldberg Variations


An exploration of the life and music of the greatest of all composers through some of his grandest keyboard masterpieces including the dazzling Goldberg Variations (with which Jack Gibbons made his acclaimed Queen Elizabeth Hall London debut in 1984).

 

"Gibbons' revealed a freshness of manner [in his performance of Bach's Goldberg Variations], everything he did making a musically valid point"
The Times

This concert is now sold out

 


CONCERT 5:

THE DIVINE & DIABOLIC

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 27th July 2016 at 8.00PM

 

Liszt: Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
Alkan: Scherzo Diabolico, etc.


A collection of virtuoso piano masterpieces inspired by the fantastical, the nightmarish, and the passionately spiritual..


 

"Jack Gibbons himself is a pianist of genius, with an endearing Jimmy Stewart-like awkwardness, a charming smile and about forty hands. His delight in and enthusiasm for the music is almost tangible in the haze of nervous energy that radiates from him."
Daily Information

This concert is now sold out

 


CONCERT 6:

AN EVENING OF GERSHWIN: The Swinging 30s

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 10th August 2016 at 8.00PM

Porgy and Bess Suite
Girl Crazy Overture
Of Thee I Sing Overture
Variations on I Got Rhythm
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Our Love Is Here To Stay, etc.


Jack Gibbons plays music from the latter part of Gershwin’s remarkable life, including Gibbons’ highly acclaimed authentic Gershwin reconstructions, the evening concluding with a reprise of Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue.
 

"Jack Gibbons is THE Gershwin pianist of our time. Gibbons has transcribed the composer's flamboyant and fiendishly difficult recreations of his own show-tunes... he dashes off the most insanely difficult passage-work with a broad grin. This is music that requires verve, nerve, and Gibbons' enviable capacity to generate party atmosphere."
BBC Proms

This concert is now sold out

 


CONCERT 7:

AN EVENING OF CHOPIN: Polonaises & Fantaisies

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 14th August 2016 at 8.00PM


Fantaisie Op.49
Polonaise in A flat Op.53
Fantaisie-Impromptu Op.66
Barcarolle Op.60
Nocturne Op.48 no.1, Prelude Op.45,
Mazurka Op.59 no.2, Berceuse, Waltzes & Etudes


Some of the greatest, most deeply felt. masterpieces of Chopin’s mature period, interspersed with nocturnes, mazurkas, studies, preludes and waltzes.
 


"Gibbons’ playing is constantly vibrant and alive, and communicates a physical joy in his instrument one rarely experiences today"
Classical Net

This concert is now sold out. Returns may be available on the door.

 


CONCERT 8:

JACK GIBBONS' FAREWELL PIANO PARTY
including audience requests

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 17th August 2016 at 8.00PM

Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 1822 (J. Buckler)

Jack Gibbons concludes his 29th annual Summer Piano Series with his traditional end of summer mix of both serious and light hearted music, including requests chosen on the night by the audience. Music to include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Alkan, Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, Gibbons & others.
 

 

"Jack Gibbons is one of Oxford’s treasures... His affinity with [the composer] is such that he transcends mere recital; rather, he becomes one with the composer, absorbing his moods and passions, and recreating his bravura technique."
Oxford Times

This concert is now sold out. Returns may be available on the door.
 


HOW TO FIND THE CONCERT HALLS IN OXFORD:

The map below shows the location of popular concert locations in the city including the historic Holywell Music Room, as well as the location of the Oxford Playhouse's Tickets Oxford box office.

The Holywell Music Room is well served by nearby pubs, being a few yards from both the Kings Arms and Turf Tavern pubs (see second image below).

 Map of central Oxford shoiwng concert hall locations (courtesy Google)

 Map of central Oxford showing location of the historic Holywell  Music Room

 



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