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, 3 March 2018 at 7.30 pm

Bach and Britten for Solo Cello: Between Inspiration and Innovation  

Bartholomew LaFollette, cello

Cellist Bartholomew LaFollette presents a unique programme featuring two of Bach’s Cello Suites alongside Britten's ground-breaking Suite no. 1. The programme illuminates the highly experimental nature of the solo Suites by Bach and the way they inspired and paved the way for 20th-century cello solo works that followed, especially Britten's masterpiece.


Bach Cello Suite no. 6 in D major

Britten Cello Suite no. 1 op. 72

Bach Cello no. 5 in C minor

Tickets (reservation recommended) 

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