Intimate Engagements

The Intimate Engagements series presents chamber music concerts featuring prominent musicians combining recitals with informal presentations. The intimacy of the College hall, coupled with the recently installed state of the art versatile acoustic system create an ideal setting for such musical encounters, in which musicians share their thoughts and ideas about the programme they perform.

This year’s series opens with the renowned Carducci Quartet in a programme by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák, exploring the composers’ experimental and innovative approach at the mature stage of their careers. Baritone Gareth Brynmor John and pianist William Vann take us into an enchanted journey following a child’s imagination with a collection of fairy tales and adventure songs. Pianist Paul Roberts returns with a programme of music with a tale to tell by Debussy and Liszt. And soprano Julia Doyle and Matthew Wadsworth on the lute and theorbo present some of 17th century London and Venice’s evocative and colourful gems of music and poetry.

We look forward to sharing the experience with you.

David Ibbetson - President

Abigail Dolan - Artistic Director 

Learn more about Intimate Engagements for 2018-19


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