Intimate Engagements

Intimate Engagements chamber music concerts series continues its successful format, in which prominent artists combine performances with informal presentations on selected themes focusing on the performers’ perspectives. This year’s series combines the most intimate ‘voice’ of a single instrument in solo recitals for piano, cello and flute, with a programme for a string orchestra repertoire in an innovative chamber-music format. Innovation will be present also as we inaugurate the new acoustic installation at the College hall with a new work by Jeremy Thurlow written for the occasion. 

The series opens with pianist Noriko Ogawa in a programme juxtaposing contemporary works from Japan inspired by master-pieces for piano by Debussy and Liszt. Symphonova Orchestra presents some of the well-known works for string orchestra performed within its inventive context. Renowned cellist Bartholomew LaFollette performs a tour-de-force of repertoire for cello solo by Bach and Britten, and flautist Abigail Dolan presents a journey through time with some of the landmarks of the flute repertoire presented in multiple styles. 

We look forward to sharing the experience with you. 

David Ibbetson                    Abigail Dolan

PRESIDENT                           ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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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