Music at Clare Hall

Pictured above: Oculi Ensemble

Intimate Engagements 

It is with great pleasure that we resume the Intimate Engagements chamber music series in-person for 2021/22. 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 during the coming year. 

Alan Short, President of Clare Hall

Upcoming Intimate Engagements concerts:

Programme to be announced soon, Saturday 19 February 2022,  7:30pm

Alasdair Beatson, piano, Saturday 2 April 2022, 7:30pm

An evening with the Oculi Ensemble, Saturday 11 June 2022, 7:30pm

Information regarding any accompanying drinks receptions and live-streaming will appear on the above pages in due course.

Past virtual broadcasts:

Yehudi Menuhin School

Trio of Trios: Journey Over Time
Strings and piano trios
Catch up with this concert from 15 May 2021:

Follow Clare Hall's Music playlist on YouTube for videos year-round - spanning Intimate Engagements, extra Concerts and performances by our wonderful Choir.

Plus, subscribe to Patrick Hemmerlé, our Musician-in-Residence's YouTube channel for more from him across the year.

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 typically take place on Saturday evenings or Sunday afternoons in the intervals between 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.

In regular times, some of our concerts are ticketed admission events, while 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 our College Registrar.

Find details of upcoming concerts via our events calendar

Upcoming recitals include:

Fitzwilliam String Quartet - Four Centuries, Four Players - Saturday 8 January 2021, 7.30pm (live-stream)

Enjoy some of our latest concerts below, via YouTube:



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 7:30pm 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.