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 27 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 2014


JACK GIBBONS'
27th annual Summer Piano Series


"THE STORY OF..."

A series of concert biographies, exploring the extraordinary lives of great composers through words and music.
 


Thursday 10 July:

The Story of Beethoven

Wednesday 16 July:

The Story of Gershwin, part 1

Sunday 20 July:

The Story of Mozart

Wednesday 23 July:

The Story of Chopin, part 1

Wednesday 6 August:

The Story of Liszt

Sunday 10 August
The Story of Chopin, part 2

Wednesday 13 August:
The Story of Gershwin, part 2

Sunday 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:

THE STORY OF BEETHOVEN
Troubled genius

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Thursday 10th July 2014 at 8.00PM



Described by the renowned Beethoven scholar Denis Matthews as "an extraordinary talent with a distinct and distinguished recreative gift and artistic personality", award-winning pianist Jack Gibbons opens the 27th annual season of his acclaimed Summer Piano Series with the immortal music of Beethoven, including the Moonlight, Pathétique, Appassionata and sublime Op.109 Sonatas, coupled with narrative exploring the dramatic and tragic events of Beethoven’s life.

 

"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

SOLD OUT
 


CONCERT 2:

THE STORY OF GERSHWIN
Part 1: the rhapsody

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 16th July 2014 at 8.00PM



Jack Gibbons has been described by Classic FM as “one of the world’s greatest Gershwin exponents”. In the first of two recitals he traces Gershwin’s extraordinary career using recreations in the composer’s unique and original virtuoso piano style (including note-for-note reconstructions from the composer’s original recordings) of Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and the composer's own dazzling show-tune improvisations (on The Man I Love, Fascinating Rhythm, Someone To Watch Over Me, and more)



"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

SOLD OUT


CONCERT 3:

THE STORY OF MOZART
"My life IS music"

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 20th July 2014 at 8.00PM




Jack Gibbons traces the amazing, frenetic, and all too brief life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through words and music, the programme including the exquisite Sonata alla Turca K.331, the tragic Sonata K.310, and excerpts from his beautiful concertos (K.488 and K.595) and other works.



"Jack Gibbons is not simply a pianist, he is a magician whose playing brings back to life another era... His enthusiasm was evident from the start and made all the more clear in his interesting and at times humorous commentary. They gave the performances a stamp of authority that made the evening memorable."
Worcester MA Gazette, USA

Tickets (and returns) may be available on the door at the full price of £20 each (doors open 7.15pm)


CONCERT 4:

THE STORY OF CHOPIN
Part 1: from Warsaw to Paris

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 at 8.00PM




The first of 2 recitals tracing the remarkable life of Frédéric Chopin, one of the most beloved of all composers, through words and music. Tonight’s programme focuses on the composer’s early virtuoso years in Poland and his brilliant first successes in Paris in the 1830s. Music includes Ballade no.1, Scherzo no.2, Concerto in F minor, Waltz Op.18, Etudes from Opp.10 & 25, Mazurkas, Nocturne in D flat Op.27 no.2, etc..

 



"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, Fairfield Halls

Tickets (and returns) may be available on the door at the full price of £20 each (doors open 7.15pm)


CONCERT 5:

THE STORY OF LISZT
75 years of pilgrimage

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Thursday 6th August 2014 at 8.00PM

 

Liszt has been described as the first classical musician to enjoy a rock star image, but in reality his personality was a complex mixture of extrovert and introvert, of the wildly sensual and deeply spiritual. Tonight’s concert biography includes many anecdotes and contemporary recollections, alongside Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, Etudes (La Campanella and Un Sospiro), the dramatic Funérailles, enigmatic Nuages Gris and epic Sonata in B minor.

 

"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

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CONCERT 6:

THE STORY OF CHOPIN
Part 2: "Ariel of the piano"

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 10th August 2014 at 8.00PM




The second of 2 recitals tracing the remarkable life of Frederic Chopin through words and music. Tonight’s concert focuses on the composer’s mature years spent in Paris and at Nohant in the French countryside and on his final concerts in Britain. Music includes Scherzi nos.3 & 4, Polonaise Op.53, Barcarolle, Berceuse, Preludes from Op.28, Ballade no.3, Nocturne Op 62 no.2, Impromptu no.2, Mazurkas, etc..
 

 

"Gibbons' revealed a freshness of manner, everything he did making a musically valid point. [Chopin's] Funeral March was monumentally mournful. The finale was even more fleeting than usual, with some careful pedalling heightening its ghostliness."
The Times

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CONCERT 7:

THE STORY OF GERSHWIN
Part 2: ‘modern romantic’

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 13th August 2014 at 8.00PM


In the second of 2 recitals on the life of George Gershwin, Jack Gibbons, “THE Gershwin pianist of our time” (BBC), traces the extraordinary events of the composer’s final decade, recreating the heady mix of music played at Gershwin's legendary parties in New York and Paris in the 1920s and 30s, including his Variations on I Got Rhythm, the masterly Porgy and Bess suite and Gershwin’s final poignant songs They Can’t Take That Away From Me, A Foggy Day, Our Love Is Here To Stay, etc..
 


"A remarkable recreation of Gershwin's unique style. Hearing Jack Gibbons perform is like being with Gershwin"
Edward Jablonski, Gershwin biographer, New York 1998

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CONCERT 8:

JACK GIBBONS' FAREWELL PIANO PARTY
including audience requests

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 17th August 2014 at 8.00PM

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

Jack Gibbons concludes his 27th 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, 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

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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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