Intimate Engagements

It is with great pleasure that we present the 2019 - 2020 Intimate Engagements chamber music series at Clare Hall. In the series’ successful format outstanding musicians accompany the performance with an informal presentation, sharing with the audiences their musical journey of the programme performed. The College hall, with its intimate setting and excellent acoustics, provides an ideal surrounding for these musical encounters. 

This year’s series opens with the renowned Sacconi Quartet (pictured) in a programme by four composers’ perspectives on invention and romanticism. Cellist Adrian Brendel joins forces with pianist David Dolan to explore the performers’ scope for extemporisation within the core repertoire from the Baroque era to the early twentieth century. In the third concert the innovative Symphonova led by Shelley Katz explore the shimmering sound and drama in some of the pinnacles of the string orchestra repertoire, alongside a premiere by critically acclaimed American composer Tamar Muskal. Finally, pianist Ronan O’Hora returns with an overview of the canonical sonata form over a century of change in the hands of four maters.

We look forward to sharing the experience with you. 

David Ibbetson, President                    

Abigail DolanArtistic Director

2019 - 2020 Programme

Pictured - 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.

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 Registrar, Amanda Barclay at