Intimate Engagements

It is with great pleasure that we resume the Intimate Engagements chamber music series virtually, via Clare Hall. In this series, outstanding musicians accompany their performances with informal presentations, sharing with the audiences their musical journey of the programme performed. 

The series started in 2008 and has since then established itself as a uniquely enjoyable and stimulating contribution to musical life in Cambridge. Over the years the series has welcomed prominent artists who’ve covered a wide range of repertoire and topics.

We’re grateful to the Music Angels who support the series and ensure its continuation for the benefit of College members and Cambridge-wide audiences alike.

We look forward to sharing the experience with you online during 2021. Please see the latest upcoming performances below.

Alan Short, President of Clare Hall                    

Abigail Dolan, Artistic Director of Intimate Engagements


Yehudi Menuhin School

Saturday, 15th May 2021 - 7:30pm


Ronan O’Hora

Saturday, 26th June 2021 - 8pm


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Pictured above - Shelley Katz, Symphonova Conductor
Photo credit: Oliver Bowring / Musicarta


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.

During 2020 and into 2021 Patrick HemmerlĂ©, our Musician-in-Residence, has been sharing free virtual concerts, broadcast live from Clare Hall. Learn more about these and catch up on Clare Hall's blog.

In regular times, some of our concerts 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 Registrar.


Clare Hall Choir

Formed in its current guise in 2018, the choir has become a regular fixture at college events including the Christmas, Burns’ Night and Foundation Feasts, as well as the Cricket Formal. The choir also enjoys performing at events elsewhere in Cambridge, which have included an annual joint Evensong with Robinson College Chapel Choir, a concert in Clare College Chapel, a concert with Darwin College choir and a performance at ‘Sing’, hosted by Magdalene VoxSoc.

Under the direction of its musical director Ben de Souza, Clare Hall choir has gained a reputation for being a relaxed, enjoyable and accessible choir, and is considered an integral part of college life. The choir is open to anyone affiliated with the college – graduate/PhD students, Fellows, Visiting Fellows, Tutors, staff and Life Members, as well as family members of the above – and meets every Monday at 7:20 pm in the dining hall.* New members are always welcome, and the choir is also seeking a piano accompanist for rehearsals and performances. No previous singing or musical experience is necessary. The only requirement is that you want to sing and have fun doing it!

If you are interested in joining please email Ben de Souza - Ben is a Clare Hall graduate and is a freelance choral conductor and accordionist.

*Please note, rehearsal dates and times may be subject to change.