About Holywell Music Room The Holywell Music Room is close to the heart of many a concert-goer in Oxford. Designed by Vice-principal of St Edmund Hall: Thomas Caplin, the venue is thought to be the first custom built music hall in Europe. The venue first opened its doors in 1748 and continued to operate as a concert hall until 1836. The venue returned to its original use after it’s refitting in 1960 and has since held hundreds of recitals. Thought to be the brainchild of professor William Haynes the hall has beautiful acoustic for chamber music and can boast some exceptional history. This concert hall has been thought responsible for the popularisation of Haydn who was the most performed composer at the hall 1788 – 1791. Today Music at Oxford enjoy hosting a number of our concerts in this venue. Areas StallsWheelchair More Info MaO’s pop-up box office is within the main doors of the Holywell Music Room and will be open from an hour before the start time. The disabled access from the left hand side ramp from the street and using the small side door. Our stewards will be on hand to help. Programmes are on sale inside the venue. There is no bar at this venue. For more information, please visit Holywell Music Room's website.