Clare College has a longstanding reputation for the very highest quality of music-making, both nationally and internationally, and we are proud to offer our students one of the most stimulating musical environments in which to find or develop their talents while they are here.

Donations to the Friends of Clare music are allocated by the Director of Music to enhance music at the College. Recent examples of expenditure include the installation of webcasting microphones and technology, installation of live streaming video technology, purchase of College instruments, support towards touring activities and student collaborations with external professional musicians. Current and future support is essential is to ensure that Clare remains an international centre of excellence in music making and scholarship.

In addition to generous annual and regular donations from our supporters, Clare is grateful that the proceeds of all sales of For Her Good Estate: The Life of Elizabeth de Burgh, Lady of Clare (book website/order form) are supporting the Friends of Clare Music.



“Clare let me breathe, discover and give all of myself to music”

Robin Ticciati is Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker, as well as co-founder of the Aurora Orchestra. The youngest-ever guest conductor at La Scala, Milan and, since 2014, the youngest-ever Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, his conducting engagements take him across the world. Robin studied Music at Clare from 2001-2004.


 “If it weren't for Clare, I wouldn't be the singer I am today”

Elin Manahan-Thomas is a soprano, best known as perfomer of Baroque music, and is also a broadcaster and presenter. She released her début album, Eternal Light, in 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and is the first singer ever to record Bach’s Alles mit Gott, a birthday ode written in 1713 and discovered in 2005. She has performed in the Vatican, and in 2012 sang at the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games. Elin was a Choral Scholar at Clare from 1995-2000. 


 "Clare Choir to me simply means week after week of breathtaking perfomances, music-making of the highest quality..."

Andrew Manze is a celebrated violinist and conductor. He has performed with many leading international orchestras including the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Scottish and Swedish Chamber Orchestras, to name a few. He has been Associate Director of The Academy of Ancient Music and later Artistic Director of The English Concert. Andrew studied Classics at Clare from 1983-1986 and was a violinist in the University Orchestra. 


By becoming a Friend of Clare Music, you can help us to continue to strive for musical excellence for the generations of Clare musicians past, present, and future. 

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If you would like to find out more about supporting music at Clare, including other donation opportunities and specific projects in need of support, please feel free to contact us.  


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