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Jack Gibbons has been giving highly acclaimed recitals in the university city of Oxford for 40 years, and his Oxford Summer Piano Series has been running in the city without a break for over 30 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 £4 discount on the full ticket price.
Purchase an 8-concert season ticket to receive an almost 60% discount on the full ticket price.

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
July and August 2019

32nd annual Summer Piano Series

"High spirited and historically informed"

New Yorker


Wednesday 10 July:

An evening of Beethoven

Sunday 14 July:

The life of Gershwin

Wednesday 17 July:

The life of Chopin

Sunday 21 July:

A Musical Menagerie

Wednesday 24 July:

Bach and Mozart Celebration

Wednesday 7 August:
Gershwin and friends

Sunday 11 August:
Chopin and friends

Wednesday 14 August:
Farewell Piano Party



Full price tickets (from the hall on concert nights, subject to availability): £22

Advance purchase discount tickets (available up to 24 hours before each concert): £18

8-concert season ticket: £72

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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Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 8.00PM

Pathétique Sonata
Moonlight Sonata
Appassionata Sonata
Bagatelle "Für Elise" · Rondo Op.51 no.1 
An die ferne Geliebte (transr. Liszt)

By tradition Jack Gibbons opens the 32nd season of his Oxford Summer Piano Series with an all-Beethoven evening. The programme will feature three of the composer’s most beloved piano sonatas: the Pathétique, Moonlight and Appassionata sonatas, along with a collection of smaller works and extracts from Liszt's transcription of the deeply poetic An die ferne Geliebte.

"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



Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 14th July 2019 at 8.00PM

Rhapsody in Blue
An American in Paris
Porgy and Bess Suite (Catfish Row)
Concerto in F (2nd movement)
recreations of the composer's original improvisations on
Fascinating Rhythm, Someone To Watch Over Me,
I Got Rhythm, etc

Jack Gibbons, described by Classic FM as “one of the world’s greatest Gershwin exponents”, recreates the legendary piano playing of George Gershwin through his note-for-note reconstructions of the composer’s recordings (featured on Gibbons’ award-winning “authentic Gershwin” CDs).

"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



Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 8.00PM

Polonaise in A flat Op.53
Scherzo no.3 Op.39
Scherzo no.4 Op.54
Berceuse Op.57
Barcarolle Op.60
Impromptu no.3 Op.51
Études from Op.10
and a selection of Preludes, Mazurkas, Waltzes, etc.

Chopin's life is traced from his first work to his last, via a collection of some of the composer's greatest masterpieces.

"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."

Jack Gibbons live at Fairfield Halls/Croydon Advertiser review


A MUSICAL MENAGERIE: Peter and the Wolf and other animal tails

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 21st July 2019 at 8.00PM

CHOPIN: Cat Waltz (Op.34 no.3)
CHOPIN: Valse du petit chien (Op.64 no.1)
GERSHWIN: Walking the dog
SCHUMANN: The Prophet Bird
ALKAN: Le festin d'Ésope
GIBBONS Solace · Appalachian Fancy
MOZART: Finale from Concerto no.17 K.453
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the bumble bee
PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf (with narration)

Music inspired by the animal kingdom, including pets of the great composers from Mozart’s starling to Gershwin’s terrier.

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

Classical Net



Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 24th July 2019 at 8.00PM

BACH/BUSONI: Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)
BACH: Allemande (BWV 828) · Gigue (BWV 816)
BACH: Prelude and Fugue in F sharp (WTC I)
BACH/BUSONI: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ · Chaconne
MOZART: Rondo alla turca
: Adagio from
Concerto no.23
MOZART: Sonate facile K.545

MOZART: Allegro from Concerto no.27

"Between Bach and Mozart it is hard to say whom he loved more” (Mikuli on his teacher Chopin). Tonight’s programme brings together two incomparable composers in an evening of some of their most inspiring and well-known works.

"Jack Gibbons is an extraordinary talent. He has a phenomenal technique even in these days of high technical standards, but far more important he has a distinct and distinguished recreative gift and artistic personality."

Denis Matthews CBE, renowned pianist and author



Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 7th August 2019 at 8.00PM

GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
GERSHWIN: I Got Rhythm
HWIN: 'S Wonderful/Funny Face
GERSHWIN: Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
RACHMANINOFF: Prelude in C sharp minor
RAVEL: Pavane pour une infante défunte
PROKOFIEV: Prelude in C, Op.12 no.7
BERLIN: Let's Face The Music and Dance
Carolina Shout
and music by Joplin, Sousa, Debussy, etc.

Hailed by the BBC as “THE Gershwin pianist of our time”, Jack Gibbons recreates the 1920s and 30s world of George Gershwin with a selection of his acclaimed Gershwin transcriptions alongside the music of the composer's friends and contemporaries, from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Irving Berlin.

"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



Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Sunday 11th August 2019 at 8.00PM

CHOPIN: Fantaisie, Op.49
CHOPIN: Ballade no.3, Op.47
CHOPIN: Impromptu no.2 Op.36
A selection of waltzes and études
LISZT: La Campanella
LISZT, CHOPIN, THALBERG et al: Hexaméron
ALKAN: Saltarelle, La Pâque (Les Mois)
ALKAN: Marche funèbre Op.26
and music by Schumann, Gottschalk, etc.

Jack Gibbons recreates the world of Chopin's Paris during the 1830s and 40s, with a selection of Chopin's incomparable masterpieces alongside the music of the composer's friends and contemporaries, from Liszt to Gottschalk.

"Jack Gibbons is a unique phenomenon in the musical world of today. Thanks to his virtuosic skills Gibbons can hold an audience in thrall. His concert-giving style is equally attractive: before his performances he talks unassumingly but with great authority from the platform, drawing the listeners into a special relationship."
Humphrey Burton, former Head of Music and Arts, BBC




Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 8.00PM

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

Jack Gibbons concludes his 32nd annual Summer Piano Series with his traditional end of summer mix of reminiscences and audience requests. The first half will include music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin and Prokofiev, plus the world premiere of Gibbons' Suite for piano duet (performed with Lisa Williams). The programme for the second half will be chosen by the audience.


"Jack Gibbons is one of Oxford’s treasures."
Oxford Times

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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


Click on the image below to read reviews of past Oxford concerts

 New York Times impeachment special


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