Clare Hall Concerts in the Pandemic

A recital of 20th-century Triptychs on piano, live from Clare Hall

Saturday 23rd January 2021, from 8pm

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  • Leopold Godowsky

         Java Suite book one


         Wayang-Purwa, puppet shadow play

         Hari Besaar, the great day

  • Isaac Albeniz

        Iberia book 1


        El Puerto

        Fête-Dieu à Séville

  • Maurice Ravel

        Gaspard de la Nuit


        le Gibet


Over the years, Clare Hall has built up a reputation for its concert programmes. Because the pandemic does not allow audiences at present, concerts are being live-streamed from the College. The next of these is being given by Clare Hall’s Musician-in-Residence, the pianist Patrick Hemmerlé at 8pm on Saturday 23rd January.

Acclaimed for the originality of his programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in Cambridge. He can often be heard performing such works as the 24 Chopin Etudes, the 48 Bach Preludes and Fugues, or lesser-known composers such as Jean Roger-Ducasse and Maurice Emanuel, whose public reputation has yet to rise to their worth. Recent pre-pandemic engagements have taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Prague, as well as many festivals and music societies in England. He has published 3 CDs, which have been well received by the international press. His vast musicological knowledge, and his capacity to clarify complex musical concepts means that he is in demand as a lecturer.

Hemmerlé is laureate of the international competitions of Valencia, Toledo, Epinal, Grossetto, and more recently the CFRPM, in Paris, where his interpretation of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoema, raised a great deal of interest. Patrick was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire (CNR), under the tuition of Billy Eidi. He has also had lessons with Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano. 



The College is deeply, deeply grateful to Patrick Hemmerlé for giving this series of recitals in the very bizarre circumstances arising from the pandemic; entirely remote, no response from a live audience, playing to a fixed camera. It is so important to maintain the cultural and intellectual life of the College even in the most challenging circumstances. However, they are going to be wonderful events and not least because of weeks of tremendous effort by our Fellow Commoner Paul Mulvaney and Oliver Denning of our IT team, enthusiastically supported by our porters with the maintenance and catering teams, in transforming our hall into a broadcast quality studio with the latest equipment. 

Professor Alan Short