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Newsletter: Events at Clare Hall, Upcoming in 2024

Dear Clare Hall members and friends,
Please find below a list of events taking place in the new year, to which you are warmly invited.

There will be a visit to the Black Atlantic exhibition with an introduction by curator Victoria Avery. Spaces are limited, please email the Art & Architecture SIG coordinator Lucia Tantardini to reserve a place:

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet is Clare Hall’s quartet-in-residence, and is today one of the longest-established string quartets in the world. In this concert, we will hear a selection from Rosetti, Boccherini, Donizetti, and Schubert. The Quintet in C Major by Schubert is one of the most celebrated of all chamber works, and promises a fantastic performance! This concert features Daniel Yeadon, who was a founding member of the baroque group Florilegium, becoming FSQ cellist from 1996 until he re-located to Australia in 2000.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Clare Hall’s Colloquia provide members of the College – especially (but not exclusively) Visiting Fellows and Life Members – with an opportunity to present their research, whether in its early stages or already published, in a friendly setting. They are a great way to discuss your ideas, meet fellow members and to contribute to our vibrant community. Read more here.

The first speaker of Lent term on 23 January will be Nikolai Kazantsev, and their talk is titled “Industrial metaverse for manufacturing systems: hype or future reality?”

Baritone Morgan Pearse and pianist Amit Yahav present two song cycles by two of the most gifted song composers. Morgan Pearse is considered one of the truly versatile and fearless baritones of his generation, and has appeared on many of the world’s finest opera and concert stages in a career already filled with countless highlights. Morgan’s engagements have included appearances with ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, King’s College Choir Cambridge, and many more.

Multi-award-winning pianist Amit Yahav is much in demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist, having earned his reputation for interpretations that grip and move audiences with passion and intellectual insight. He has performed at major concert halls around the world, and it is a delight to welcome him to Clare Hall.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

This programme, performed by Gabriel Cano, former principal flute in the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, weaves together some of the best works of flute and piano repertoire, which are also some of the best known works of their respective composers. The Poulenc Sonata is probably one of the most often heard and is a work of irresistible charm. The Ballade by Franck Martin is in stark contrast; it is a brooding and anxious work, typical of the style of its author. Sancan’s Sonatine is a delightful piece, somewhat under the influence of Ravel. We then turn towards Germany with the three Romances by Schumann, originally written for oboe. The programme concludes with Reinecke’s Sonata Undine, without a doubt the best loved work of a somewhat obscure composer, who was yet a central figure in 19th century Germany.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Clare Hall is proud to present a memorial exhibition of the work of the Kathleen Hyndman (1928-2022). Her art is made powerful by her adoption of a constructed and sequential approach. ‘My work often originates from natural effects,’ she once said, instancing trees in the mist, shadows, or movements of water. But these visual stimuli are then transposed into various geometrical and mathematic sequences of tone, colour, rotations, intervals and shape. Read more here.

The exhibition runs from 24 November 2023 to 11 January 2024 in Clare Hall’s Main Building.

Counterpoint (1973) Acrylic on board, 83.5 x 114.1cm

A rotating display of some 320 pieces of studio ceramics. Learn more at

Join the College’s Book Club as they discuss The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh, the fourth novel of the Indian born author, set in the Sundarbans on the easternmost coast of the Bay of Bengal. It follows an unlikely trio who travel up river to find the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin. It won the 2004 Hutch Crossword Book Award.

All College members are welcome to attend in-person, meeting in Clare Hall’s King Room (as the Meeting Room is currently under renovation), or via Zoom. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, please send an email to, confirming your Clare Hall connection and putting the following as the email title: I would like to join the Book Club mailing list.

A reminder that Clare Hall Choir practice takes place in Robinson College Chapel every Monday (in term-time, but not always restricted to the official Cambridge term dates) from 7:30-9pm. New members are always welcome, and no previous singing or musical experience is necessary. The only requirement is that you want to sing and have fun doing it! If you are interested in joining, please email Ben de Souza, the Choir’s Director, who is a Clare Hall Associate, freelance choral conductor and accordionist:

Recent recordings of the choir can also be found on our YouTube channel.

We are delighted to host regular lunchtime yoga sessions on Wednesdays in the Richard Eden Suite, starting fortnightly from 11 October, from 12:15-12:45pm. Sign-up on this spreadsheet. We hope everyone has enjoyed these sessions during Michaelmas term, and they will resume in the new year!

Join the Clare Hall Board Games Club, which hosts games nights twice a week in the Common Room. All college members are welcome. For further information, contact Esdras Paravizo via

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