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 13 May 2017, 7.30pm

Following the Fugues: From Bach to Shostakovich

The Brodsky Quartet  

Daniel Rowland, violin

Ian Belton, violin

Paul Cassidy, viola

Jacqueline Thomas, cello

The little fugues by Bach and Mendelssohn set up perfectly the tragic fugue by Shostakovich based on his initials. His very own epitaph, this succinct, five movement wonder is a profound commentary on the evils of fascism. Beethoven’s op. 130 is one of his most inventive works, though even he agreed that the original Finale, the Grosse Fuga, was a step too far. He eventually replaced it with a wonderfully uplifting movement, which was the last thing he ever wrote.  


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


2016/17 Series