Clare College has a longstanding reputation for the very highest quality of music-making, both nationally and internationally.

Many of today's finest musicians studied at Clare College, benefitting from the varied opportunities on offer to the College community. Graduates of Clare include such famous names as Sir Roger Norrington, John Rutter, Elin Manahan Thomas, Margaret Faultless, Richard Egarr, Andrew Manze and Robin Ticciati. The College boasts a significantly high number of Instrumental Award Holders within the University, and many members of the Choir have gone on to establish performing careers.

Clare boasts Cambridge's most active and successful College Music Society (CCMS), staging regular large-scale concerts in Cambridge's top concert venues with ambitious and imaginative programming. CCMS hosts a regular recital series in College for students and professional musicians, as well as operas, musicals and festivals.

The Choir of Clare College has developed a reputation as one of the foremost university choral groups in the world. In addition to its primary task of leading Chapel services, the Choir gives frequent concerts and tours, and receives regular invitations to perform with leading orchestras and conductors. The Choir also commissions new music, and Clare benefits from its own Composer-in-Residence, Giles Swayne.

Clare’s full-time Director of Music, Graham Ross, is responsible for all College music-making, choral and instrumental.

By becoming a Friend of Clare Music, you can help maintain this tradition of

musical excellence for the future.


“Clare has gained a reputation as one of the leading centres of musical excellence in Britain. Its contribution to music in the University and City of Cambridge, in the UK and worldwide, is remarkable and rightly celebrated. Friends of Clare Music offers an exciting way of ensuring that this tradition of excellence is maintained. I hope very much that you will take this opportunity to become a member.”

Professor Tony Badger, Master of Clare