Intimate Engagements Concert Series

The 2016–17 season marks the 10th anniversary of Clare Hall’s Intimate Engagements concert series. Over the years we have been privileged to hear many fantastic concerts in which outstanding performers shared with us their thoughts 
and ideas about the programmes performed in the intimate setting of the college dining hall.

This year’s series opens with a gala concert to celebrate the series’
anniversary, featuring the acclaimed Vienna Piano Trio in a
programme exploring the links between Brahms and Beethoven.
 In the second concert, renowned cellist Adrian Brendel and pianist 
David Dolan explore the repertoire for cello and piano with a
 programme ranging from the Baroque to the 20th century. Violinist 
Matthew Trusler and cellist Thomas Carroll present a virtuosic programme
 of solo works by Bach alongside the two pillars of the violin and cello duo repertoire by Ravel and Kodaly. The acclaimed Brodsky Quartet concludes with the most iconic of all the Shostakovich quartets, no. 8 in C minor, op. 110, alongside works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

We look forward to welcoming you and to sharing the experience.

David Ibbetson                                  Abigail Dolan

President                                              Artistic Director 

Find out more about the 2016 Intimate Engagements concert series.

Next Intimate Engagements Concert

Saturday 26 November 2016, 7.30pm

Brahms, the great Beethoven successor

A gala concert for celebrating the 10th anniversary of Intimate Engagements concert series

Brahms Piano Trio in B-major op.8 (original version from 1854)
Beethoven Archduke trio in B-flat major Op. 97

The Vienna Piano Trio

Stefan Mendl, piano
David McCarroll, violin
Matthias Gredler, cello


When Brahms had his First Symphony premiered in 1876, he was already the ripe age of 43. One of the main reasons this scrupulous composer took so long was the fact that it was widely regarded almost impossible to continue the symphonic tradition after Beethoven. Beethoven's influence inspired and overshadowed not only Brahms' first symphony, but a plethora of his other earlier works including the original version of his Trio in B major Op.8. The programme exemplifies this journey of inspiration passed from one great to a successor.

Tickets for Intimate Engagements can be reserved via email, by phone (01223) 332360, or in person at the Porters’ Lodge.

Tickets: £15, £10 Clare Hall Members, £5 Students.


Clare Hall Concerts

Clare Hall Concerts are produced by individual members of the Music Committee. These take place on Saturday evenings or Sunday afternoons in the intervals between the Clare Hall's Intimate Engagements concerts. We offer performances and lectures of all kinds of music by top musicians, from folk and world music to classical and baroque.

Some of these are ticketed admission events, others are free admission, often with a retiring collection towards our costs. Using a small rolling budget from donations given generously by various college patrons, the Music Committee has brought Grammy award winners and world-renowned musicians to audiences of over a thousand people per year in informal recitals provided at low cost (or free) and open to all.

The Music Committee welcomes involvement and suggestions for concerts from college members. If you would like to help with any concerts or join the Music Committee, please get in touch with the College Secretary, Amanda Barclay at

Next Concert:

Sunday 4 December, 3.00pm

Sundanese Gamelan Concert

The Music of Sunda

A family-friendly concert of music from West Java (Sunda) given by Sekar Enggal, showcasing two very distinct strands of the Sundanese musical tradition: gamelan degung and kacapi suling.  More..

Clare Hall, Herschel Road
Dining Hall

No need to book
All welcome, including families

Forthcoming concerts:

17 December 2016, 7.30pm

Valentin Happel, piano Karol Szymanowsky: 9 Preludes opus 1, Variations in B flat Minor opus 3
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures of an Exhibition