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The Oxford Improvisers invite guests from Britain and abroad to perform an evening of new and improvised music.

This month: Christopher Hobbs & Virginia Anderson

Christopher Hobbs is probably best known for his membership in the classic lineup of the legendary free improvising group AMM from 1968–71 (with Eddie Prévost, Keith Rowe, Lou Gare, and Cornelius Cardew), but he’s also recorded with the group SCHH (Walt Shaw, Bruce Coates, Hobbs, and Mike Hurley and CHA (Bruce Coates, Hobbs, and Virginia Anderson). He is currently a member of the South Leicestershire Improvisors Ensemble (SLIE). Nominally a pianist, Hobbs plays a wide variety of percussion, keyboard, computer and other electronic instruments.

Virginia Anderson co-founded the Anything Goes Örchestra, a Southern California improvisation group that broadcast a weekly all-night radio show in the 1980s and recorded a number of albums and singles. She is currently a member of the South Leicestershire Improvisors Ensemble (SLIE) and CHA. Anderson is an exponent of new works and techniques for the Eb clarinet.

Christopher and Virginia run the Experimental Music Catalogue which Christopher founded in 1969.

‘Free music’ is an internationally respected approach that embraces players from the worlds of jazz, classical, experimental and ethnic music. The Improvisers put aside the rules and structures which enclose so many forms of music. This allows players of widely differing training and technical ability to come together and to create extraordinarily diverse and rich music ‘in the moment’. Visit their website for more information on watching or being part of the Oxford Improvisers.

Please note: The Loft is only available via a short flight of stairs, and has no level access.

Parking & Access

Parking

There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.

The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.

Car parks in Oxford Blue Badge information Public transport in Oxford

Access

Patrons with a disability are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or 01865 263990.

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place) and Studio space via lift. All spaces in the building are wheelchair-accessible via lift apart from the Theatre balcony and the Loft. If an event is in the Loft, this will be clearly stated on the event’s web page.

If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) and we will talk with you about your needs.

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space. If you would like to discuss hire of the space, or any of the events taking place in the Loft, please get in touch.

We try to programme as much accessible work as we can.

Captioned shows

The Last Noël, Thursday 19 December, 3pm & 8pm. Click here.
Too Pretty To Punch, Saturday 22 February 2020, 7.30pm. Click here.
The Glass Will Shatter, Wednesday 15 April. Click here.

Relaxed performances

The Last Noël, Thursday 12 December, 3pm & 8pm. Click here.

BSL performances

Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters, Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm. This show also has pre-recorded audio description tracks available. Click here.

Video

A video showing the foyer, the theatre door and the accessible toilet, from the George Street entrance.

Facilities

Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at info@oldfirestation.org.uk or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail info@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Strobe lighting
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail info@oldfirestation.org.uk.