Hans Keller's Centenary

2019 sees the centenary of the birth of the remarkable musician, writer, broadcaster, critic, teacher, psychologist and football enthusiast Hans Keller, who was a central figure in British musical life from the 1940s to the 1980s. Clare Hall is delighted to announce an evening of art and music to celebrate.

A pre-concert reception, buffet supper and art exhibition, 6.00 pm

To coincide with Hans Keller’s centenary in March 2019, Clare Hall is hosting its second exhibition of the art of Milein Cosman, who during her long life drew many of the leading cultural figures of the twentieth century. This exhibition presents some of her renowned images of musicians, writers and artists, including her husband, Hans Keller.

Tickets: included with concert ticket below

Concert, 7.30 pm

Hans Keller and beyond: towards creative performance and listening

This event presents Keller’s famous method of wordless musical analysis (‘Functional Analysis’) in the context of his teaching of performance.

After Keller retired from the BBC, Yehudi Menuhin asked him to take charge of string quartets at the Menuhin School, which he did until his death in 1985, alongside teaching at the Guildhall. Malcolm Singer (former Music Director of the Menuhin School who taught there when Keller was there) will introduce Keller, the man and musical thinker, together with Keller’s biographer Alison Garnham. Then current Music Director Oscar Colomina i Bosch, pianist David Dolan and violinist Levon Chilingirian (whose quartet was coached by Keller) will work with a Menuhin School student quartet on Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor K.421, presenting Keller’s first Functional Analysis of the work, and their own creative response.

With Coco Tomita (violin), Viviane Plekhotkine (violin), SongHa Choi (viola) and Caterina Isaia (cello)


£15; Clare Hall members £10; students £5 (includes reception and buffet)

Tickets are available by calling 01223 332360; by emailing music@clarehall.cam.ac.uk; or at the Porters’ Lodge