The music plays on at Blackwell's
Oxford shoppers will be treated to a month-long free musical extravaganza to mark the move of the City's world-famous Blackwell's music shop to a new home.
Specialising in classical, jazz, world and folk recordings, music books, printed music, instruments and other accessories, Blackwell's Music is one of the most respected homes of music in the UK.
Blackwell's has lined up a stunning selection of artists to perform during the month of April including Harry Christopher's The Sixteen, local celebrity a capella group Out of the Blue and all-female a cappella group The Oxford Belles.
The festivities will kick off on Saturday 6th April 2013 at 48-53 Broad Street when the music shop moves to its new location on the ground and lower floor of the building.
On Saturday 6th April customers will have the opportunity to browse the fantastic new retail space and take advantage of many special promotions. The talented staff of the music shop will provide live music throughout the day, creating a wonderfully relaxed and exciting musical environment.
These activities are all a prelude to the music shops official grand opening on Saturday 13th April. On this day customers are invited to a champagne reception and will join a host of special guests to cut a ribbon to officially announce the new shop as open. Additionally, customers will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive free performance by the world renowned choral ensemble 'The Sixteen' live in the Norrington Room.
When the store first opened in Holywell Street in 1950, it offered over a mile of music books and sheet music. Today, Blackwell's Music enjoys new facilities such as a specialist range of printed music and academic music titles, music books covering all genres of music, one of the largest selections of classical music recordings in the country, a selected range of instruments and an onsite single sheet download service.
The shop prides itself in the abilities of its staff to offer expert advice on all genres of music from classical through to folk and jazz. Peter McMullin, one of Blackwell's Music's most experienced members of staff is recognised both locally and across the industry. In 2011, he was named Printed Music Retailer of the Year at the prestigious MIA Awards.
Commenting on the move, Peter McMullin, printed music specialist said: "This move marks an exciting new chapter in Blackwell's long and rich history. I cannot think of a more fitting way to celebrate this occasion than a month of music. As well as enjoying these free performances, our customers will continue to receive the high level of expertise and depth of knowledge they have enjoyed since Blackwell's music shop first opened its doors in 1950."
Blackwell's Music Events 2013:
The Sixteen - Saturday 13 April at 4.30pm
After 33 years of worldwide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world's greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen's total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th-century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder Harry Christophers. The Sixteen are "The Voices of Classic FM" and Associate Artists of The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
Out of the Blue - Friday 26th April at 5.30pm
Out of the Blue is an internationally-acclaimed all-male a cappella group from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University in England. The student-run group sings an eclectic mix of songs, focusing on covers of modern rock and pop hits.
The Oxford Belles - Saturday 27th April at 5.30pm
The Oxford Belles are Oxford's sassiest, original, all-female a cappella group, made up entirely of Oxford and Oxford Brookes students.
Look out for further classical music concerts and performances coming in May and June.
Blackwell's is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with shops serving 55 higher education institutions across England, Scotland and Wales through its portfolio of shops and Online Bookshop. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university campuses up and down the country.
Today Blackwell's has been trading for over 130 years from its world-famous flagship store on Broad Street in Oxford. Blackwell's booksellers are renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books, a tradition which has been maintained since the first Blackwell shop opened its doors in 1879.
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