Our venue for the 2015 BookCrossing Convention in Oxford is the Jacqueline Du Pre music building at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University.
The JDP, as it is affectionately known, is the first purpose built concert hall to be built in Oxford since construction of the Holywell Rooms in the time of Handel. Now owned and run by St Hilda’s College, this unique hall was inspired by the wish to create a living memorial to the renowned cellist Jacqueline Du Pre.
Designed by architects van Heyningen and Haward, and boasting excellent acoustics by the internationally acclaimed firm Arup, the result is an elegant and modern auditorium with seating for 200 housed in a ground floor and gallery. This is where the main events of the Convention weekend will take place.
A Steinway D piano graces the stage. We are not aware of any concert pianists amongst the attendees (unless of course you know different).
A glass conservatory extends along the whole of one side of the building and this is where we will house the book buffet. The conservatory looks out on to the lawns of the College and then over to the river.