Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 19:30

A piano concert in aid of the Olympias Music Foundation with Patrick Hemmerle


Bach Italian Concerto

Bach-Busoni Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland

Bach-Hess Jesus Joy of Man's Desire

Bach Toccata in D Major

Chopin Etude opus 25 number 1

Chopin Godowsky Etude 25

Roger-Ducasse Etude in G# minor

Chopin Etude opus 25 number 6

Ligeti Etude Vertige

Chopin Etude opus 25 number 11

Tchesnokov Etude La Neige II

Chopin Etude opus 10 number 12

Chopin Etude opus 25 number 2

Scriabin Etude opus 8 number 12

Scriabin Etude opus 45 number 3

Chopin Etude opus 10 number 8 

Kapustin Etude opus 68 number 1

Ticket prices:

  • £15 in advance or on the door
  • £10 for students

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 19:45

Dress to Impress in the Middle Ages

Lluís To Figueras
Senior Lecturer in Medieval history, University of Girona

In pre-industrial Europe where clothing was extremely codified and full of symbolic meaning, there was also space for individual choice and emulation, two fundamental aspects in a consumerism society. Evidence from wedding trousseaus shows how anxiety about cloth and garments was not restricted to royal courts and aristocratic households but a common feature of medieval society.


Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 13:30

Speaker: Andreas Jucker

The discourse of im/politeness in eighteenth-century English literature

The eighteenth-century in England has been called the Age of Politeness.

Educational plays and epistolary novels of this time provide a particularly rich source of data for the language historian to uncover the discourse of politeness (and impoliteness). The examples presented in this talk show how the higher social classes used politeness as an ideology in an attempt to keep the lower social classes at a distance while the lower social classes insisted on high standards of moral behaviour of which they often found the higher classes lacking.

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 17:30

Paradigm Shift in Biology

Professor Michael Hall, microbiologist, a pioneer in the fields of TOR signalling and cell growth control will deliver this year's annual King Lecture.

Please note this event will be held at Robinson College, Cambridge.

Poster by Aftab Jalia


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Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 16:00

The internationally renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet visit Clare Hall to play one of Schubert's greatest and most moving string quartets. Having worked with Shostakovich in his last years, they have a unique insight into his music and present one of his most personal works, together with the lyrical and evocative Sea-cradling by Jeremy Thurlow, a composer they have worked with over many years.  

Shostakovich String Quartet no.13 in B flat minor Opus 138

Jeremy Thurlow Sea-Cradling

Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor Death and the Maiden

Booking: £15 general admission, £10 Clare Hall members, £5 students

Reservations:; (01223) 332360 or at the Porters’ Lodge

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 20:00

The Devils Dance, a recent novel originally written in Uzbek by Hamid Ismailov

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 19:45

My Life with Russian Jewels

Marie E. Betteley
Graduate Gemologist, Gemological Institute of America

Join Marie E. Betteley, wife of Visiting Fellow David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye as she recounts her life surrounded by jewels, Fabergé and Russian treasures. Marie and David are co-authors of the forthcoming book Beyond Fabergé, Imperial Russian Jewellery.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 18:00

Please join us for the Marjorie Chibnall: A Celebration and Launch of the Marjorie Chibnall Bursary event on the 6 June 2018 in the Richard Eden Suite, West Court, Clare Hall, Cambridge.

Marjorie Chibnall was a historian remarkable for her scholarship, with a career spanning more than six decades, much of it focused on the Anglo-Norman history of the 11th and 12th centuries; a much loved tutor and teacher, and respected Fellow of Clare Hall (1971-1988) where her influence not only included academic work but also extended to applying her knowledge of medieval manuscripts in the creation of the statutes of the College.

Thanks to Professor Eric Carlson, a Life Member of the College, Clare Hall is now able to honour her memory with the launch of the Marjorie Chibnall Bursary to be given to an outstanding student in history.

Please join us for this celebration of Marjorie, her life and scholarship, with talks by Professor David Bates, Professor Liesbeth van Houts, Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes and Sir Geoffrey Cass, followed by a drinks reception.


6.00 pm  Welcome by the President of Clare Hall, Professor David Ibbetson

6.10 pm  Introduction by Professor David Bates

6.20 pm  Marjorie Chibnall: Her life and work by Professor Liesbeth van Houts

6.40 pm  Marjorie Chibnall: Memories from the Perse for Girls and Clare Hall by Sir Geoffrey Cass

6.50 pm  Launch of the Marjorie Chibnall Bursary for Students by Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes with a message from Professor Eric Carlson

7.00 pm  Concluding remarks and drinks reception

You are also invited to join us for Formal Hall in the Clare Hall dining hall.


Richard Eden Suite, West Court, Clare Hall, Cambridge, CB3 9AL

To attend this event, please register below:

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:30

All Life Members and friends are welcome to attend our regular Life Members lunch on the first Thursday of every month. If you would like to attend and do not already have a UPay card, then please purchase your ticket for £10 from the Porters' Lodge and present it to the Dining Hall staff when choosing your meal options.

Any queries please contact the Development Officer at

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible and making this a regular monthly chance to talk and share thoughts with fellow Life Members.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 13:30

Speaker: Dr Hanna Pfeiffer

Islamists and the liberal world order

In public discourse and many academic accounts, Islamists are portrayed as a potential or actual threat to a world order deemed liberal. 'Islamism' is associated with terms such as 'terrorism' and 'violence', and Islamists are imagined as the radical Other of an enlightened West that values secular, liberal and democratic societal models and forms of (global) governance.

The talk will present the results of an analysis of Lebanese Hezbollah's and Tunisian Ennahda's discourses on order between 2011 and 2016 to assess if and how Islamist constructions of world order differ from Western ideas.