Intimate Engagements Concert Series

The Intimate Engagements chamber-music concert series brings prominent artists from all over the world to Clare Hall. Each performer gives an informal talk as part of their presentation, sharing their reflections on the musical themes. The series was inaugurated in 2008 by soprano Emma Kirkby, and since then has featured many distinguished artists, including pianists Ronan O’Hora and Martin Roscoe, cellist Paul Watkins, violinist Alina Ibragimova, the Ludwig String Trio, The New Zealand Chamber Soloists and baritone Roderick Williams, to name just a few.

The series is known for the intimate encounter created between musicians and their audiences and offers a distinctively enjoyable and stimulating musical experience. The concerts are usually followed by the President’s Reception and an opportunity to talk to the musicians.

The series is supported by a generous group of individuals known in the College as the Music Angels.   

Our Music Angels are Edward and Susan Coales, Yale and Kitty Ferguson, Joanna and Michael Womack, Lisa and Ekhard Salje, Martin and Barbara Harris, Andrew Wernick and Heather Jon Maroney, Andrew & Nancy Ramage, Charlotte Pippard, Andrew Blake, Aiping Mu, Jon Pither and Anonymous.

Next Concert

Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 7.30 pm

The performer’s voice: On re-creating the score in performance 

Abigail Dolan, flute

A journey through time presenting some of the pinnacles of the solo flute repertoire from Bach to the 20th century. The programme highlights the performer’s ‘voice’ and the multitude of opportunities afforded in the performance of these masterpieces through multiple performances of Debussy’s well-beloved Syrinx.


Works by J.S. Bach, C.Ph.E. Bach, Debussy and Paganini


£15, £10 Clare Hall members, £5 students

Reservations through; (01223) 332360 or at the Porters’ Lodge







2017/18 Concerts