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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cellist Adrian Brendel and pianist David Dolan return to further explore the performer’s role as creator over different musical styles. In a programme providing the performers with a scope for extemporisations and following seventeenth and eighteenth centuries performance practice, the duo will embellish repeats and improvise preludes and interludes to create the setting for the pieces performed and to connect between movements and works.
Programme Marcello Sonata for cello and piano
Boccherini Sonata for cello and piano
Schumann Five pieces in Folk Style Opus 102
Beethoven Sonata No. 3 for cello and piano in A major Opus 69
Fauré Élégie for cello and piano Opus 24
£15.00 • £10.00 Clare Hall Members • £5.00 Students
Composers reach for the string-orchestra when they want the emotional purity of the string-quartet coupled by the power and drama of an orchestra. The innovative Symphonova Orchestra presents a programme including some of the greatest works written for strings alongside a premiere of a new work for strings and solo flute by the Politzer Prize nominated composer Tamar Muskal.
Barber, Adagio for strings Opus 11 Tamar Muskal, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (Premiere) Arensky, Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky Opus 35a Mahler, Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 Holst, St Paul’s Suite
Booking £15.00, £10.00 Clare Hall Members, £5.00 Students