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Oxford Town Hall

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St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
01865 252351 www.oxfordtownhall.co.uk

This magnificent grade 2* Victorian building not only continues to play a key role in the management, social and cultural life of residents and visitors but is also a versatile venue and home of the Museum of Oxford.

Oxford’s Guildhall was built on the site in 1292. It was then replaced by the first Town Hall in 1752, designed by Isaac Ware. In 1891, an architectural design competition was held for a new building on the same site. The local architect Henry Hare won with a Jacobethan design. The 1752 building was demolished in 1893 and the current building was completed in 1897.

The new building originally housed the public library and police station as well as the city council. During the First World War, the building was converted into the Town Hall section of the 3rd Southern General Hospital. From 1916, it specialised in treating soldiers suffering from malaria. In 1936 Oxford City Police moved to a new police station further down St Aldate’s. The central public library is now in the Westgate Centre in Queen Street.

Town Hall Cafe

As well as their Fairtrade hot drinks, the café also provides a wide selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and snacks. And don’t forget their array of cakes and titbits to tempt that sweet craving we all have from time to time. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the High Street and warm yourself up with their seasonal soups or piping hot paninis.

Museum of Oxford 

The museum is currently closed to make our spaces bigger and better for when we reopen in 2020. Meanwhile, you can check out their ongoing activities at www.oxford.gov.uk/museumofoxford.

A ‘micro-museum’ will open later in October.

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We have guided tours every month. To book and find out more visit:

https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20203/visiting_us/833/tours_of_oxford_town_hall

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May 2019

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Celebrating Leonardo

May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
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£5 - £45

RESPIGHI Three Botticelli Pictures MANUEL MARTINEZ BURGOS* New commission (world premiere) MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) Professor Martin Kemp presenter *Hannah Schneider conductor Marios Papadopoulos conductor 500 years after the death of Leonardo da Vinci, a leading authority on the Italian polymath leads a celebration of his legacy and vision. Professor Martin Kemp, the University of Oxford's Emeritus Professor of Art History, presents this concert at the Oxford Town Hall which includes the most adored series of musical paintings in history:…

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June 2019

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: The Ghosts of War

June 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
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£5 - £45

KELLY* Elegy for Strings 'In Memoriam Rupert Brooke' SCHUMANN Violin Concerto in D minor BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123 Jessica Duchen presenter Alena Baeva violin *Hannah Schneider conductor Marios Papadopoulos conductor It's one of the strangest stories in the history of music: could Robert Schumann'™s lost violin concerto really have been discovered by means of a seance nearly 100 years after the composer's death? Novelist and music journalist Jessica Duchen picks up the story as we hear Schumann's rich and unusual concerto courtesy…

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FUNomusica: Animal Antics – Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
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£4 - £10
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FUNomusica Family Concert Most suitable for ages 4-8 Alasdair Malloy presenter Come and join Alasdair Malloy and the Oxford Phil for some Animal Antics featuring our furry, feathered and finned friends. Bring a toy animal to join in the fun and hear music about cats and dogs, penguins and panthers, birds and bees and creatures who live under the sea or in the jungle! Pre-concert craft activities at 2pm Concert starts 3pm Concert ends 4pm Supported by the Doris Field Charitable…

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FUNomusica: Animal Antics

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
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£4

FUNomusica Family Concert Most suitable for ages 4-8 Alasdair Malloy presenter Come and join Alasdair Malloy and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra for some Animal Antics featuring our furry, feathered and finned friends. Bring a toy animal to join in the fun and hear music about cats and dogs, penguins and panthers, birds and bees and creatures who live under the sea or in the jungle! Pre-concert craft activities at 2pm Concert ends 4pm In partnership with Oxford City Council.

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July 2019

Oxford Piano Festival: Boris Berezovsky Piano Recital

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1BX United Kingdom
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£5 - £25

RACHMANINOV Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 CHOPIN Selection of Mazurkas RACHMANINOV Moments musicaux, Op. 16 Boris Berezovksy makes his festival debut in the first of our solo recitals. Berezovsky, the quintessential Russian pianist known for his wedding of poetry and power, opens this recital with Rachmaninov’s magnificent Piano Sonata No. 2, a work as tempestuous as it is heartfelt. After his own personal selection of Chopin’s crystalline Mazurkas, Berezovsky returns to Russia for Rachmaninov’s 6 Moments musicaux in which…

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