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 personal 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 11 November 2017, 7.30pm

European and Japanese Piano Music: Nature and Life

Noriko Ogawa, piano

Known for her sensitivity for creating musical timbres, Japanese native and virtuoso pianist Noriko Ogawa presents an imaginative programme combining contemporary music from Japan alongside some of the pillars of the Western piano repertoire. The programme highlights the influence of Debussy’s evocative works and Liszt’s epic piano sonata on the themes and sonorities of leading Japanese composers of our time. 


Debussy Estampes and Images Book I

Toru Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II 

Yoshihiro Kanno A Particle of Water 

Rentaro Taki Grudge 

Liszt Sonata in B minor


General Admission: £15.00

Clare Hall Members: £10.00

Students: £5.00

Please email or call (01223) 332360 for further information.

Tickets can also be purchased directly from the Porters' Lodge



2017/18 Concerts