Holywell Music Room

Book the Holywell Music Room, Europe's oldest custom built concert hall, built in 1748.

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.

Tiered seating accommodates 194 people.


We are happy to assist you with bookings and queries. Please email events@wadham.ox.ac.uk to book the Holywell Music Room for musical and spoken events. 

Bookings are currently subject to COVID-19 emergency measures, and so strict limitations and changes at short notice may apply.

Members of the Oxford University Faculty of Music can book directly through the Faculty website.

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

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.