Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 18:00

Wabi-Sabi - an exhibition of paintings by Gurpran Rau in Clare Hall 

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 20:00

Pedro Calderon de la Barca's 'Life is a Dream', a short play from the 17th Century

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 19:30

The Half-Smoke by Duke Ryan, consists of six interconnected monologues, each about five minutes long, that together tell a story about love and its torments.  The Clare Hall production will be its second live performance and its first in the UK.  To be held in the Richard Eden Suite, followed by a reception.  RSVP to

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 18:00

Richard Eden Suite, West Court.

Mr Patrick Hemmerle (Fellow Commoner) will deliver a lecture entitled: Arnold Schoenberg: An Ongoing Controversy

Schoenberg (1874-1951) was one of the most influential, and controversial, composers of the 20th century. This paper will consider his atonal system of composition which he is credited to have invented and question whether it was a break from tradition or a natural historical development. Its validity as a system of musical expression, and its strengths and weaknesses, will be discussed. In spite of its agreed significance, Schoenberg's music is still little known today. It will be assessed on its own terms, independently from its historical importance. Extracts from recordings will be given, and live illustrations will be played on the piano.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 14:30
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00

Clare Day

'From Clare Hall to Clare Village in Suffolk'
In our 50th Anniversary year, we will be celebrating the founding of the college with a history talk by Professor David Bates on the links between Clare and Clare Hall. This will be followed by a coach tour to Clare in Suffolk, where you can visit Clare Priory gardens, the church of St Peter & St Paul and the Clare Castle Country Park. We will be joined on this tour by Professor Bates and also a Blue Badge Tourist Guide who we will meet at Clare.

10:00am - 10:45am
History talk about Clare Hall and Clare. This talk will take place in the main dining room of Clare Hall.

11:00am - 5:00pm
Coach tour to Clare, Suffolk.

Departure time from Clare at 17:00 to return to Clare Hall.

Ticket price is £20 and includes coach travel and cost of Blue Badge Guide. Cost does not include lunch or refreshments. You may choose to bring a picnic or alternatively there are cafes, shops and pubs in Clare village.

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Monday, October 3, 2016 - 20:00

'Antigone' by Sophocles and 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes.
(These two plays will be performed in Greek, with subtitles, in mid October at the Arts Theatre.)

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 18:00
Friday, October 21, 2016 - 13:00

Literary Talk, Virginia Woolf and Food

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 13:00

Literary Talk, Virginia Woolf and Music