I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
January doesn't need to be boring
After a busy time over the festive period it could be easy to succumb to the January blues. The nights are long, dark and cold and all the parties are over. Mickey Hart once said "There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it".
Why not warm up your January by experiencing some live music. Oxford has so much to choose from. Here are a few suggestions from me, what music events could you recommend?
Well established and highly endorsed are the Oxford Coffee Concerts held most Sundays at The Holywell Music Room. They include some top musicians and ensembles from both this country and overseas. Coming up in January they have the Emporer String Quartet playing Britten String Quartet no.3 on 6th January. Enjoy Brahm's Piano Trio in B major by the Angell Piano Trio on 13th January. Moving into the latter half of January the Allegri String Quartet will play on 20th and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio on the final Sunday. Tickets are very reasonable with adults £11 and full time students £10. Children from 5 - 16 go free. Going to a concert in the Holywell Music Room would be a treat in itself. It's the "oldest custom built concert hall in Europe". Part of The University of Oxford and first opening it's door to the public in 1748.
Music at Oxford - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Another Oxford University building with prestige and heritage is the Sheldonian Theatre. On The evening of 25th January, Andris Nelsons will be conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Music at Oxford state that " rarely will you see and hear such precision and control". Ticket prices vary and concessions are available, check the Music at Oxford website for booking and details.
The Catweazle club in East Oxford has come of age having turned 18 in October. It's much less high brown than the classical concerts and definitely a bit more edgy. An intimate atmosphere is created with the club having lots of different performers. The Catweazle Club runs on Thursdays from 8pm with tickets £5/6. If you have some musical talent you could sign up to play and go free (performers should sign up by 7:45pm latest).
There's three suggestions for January. Where would you go in January and do you fancy classical or cool?