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Newsletter: Events at Clare Hall, Lent 2024

Dear Clare Hall members and friends,
Please find below a list of events taking place this week and beyond, to which you are warmly invited.

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 speaker for the next Colloquium on 27th February will be Maximilian Kiss, and their talk is titled “Open access research data for machine learning in computed tomography”.

Professor Frances Spalding, Art Committee Chair and Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, will be giving a talk as part of Revolution, the 2024 Darwin College Lecture Series. The series will explore the idea of Revolution from eight very different angles. The series are open to all and free to attend, and they take place on Fridays at 5.30pm in the Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue. Read more about her talk here.

A mesmerising flute 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. A student discount is available–tickets are only £5!

Hosted by the Art & Architecture Special Interest Group, there will be a talk by Nancy Ramage titled Archaeology at Sardis, Turkey: Houses and pottery of ordinary people, 6th century BC. This will be followed by a discussion with a wine reception. The event will be held in the Clare Hall Meeting Room.

Professor Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry and a Fellow of Clare Hall, will be giving a talk titled, ‘Busting Myths about ADHD through Research’ as part of the inaugural speaker event of the ADHD society.

The event will be held on 27 February at 5:30pm, in the Vivian Stuart Room of Murray Edwards College. The link to reserve free tickets can be found here.

The Fitzwilliam String Quartet is Clare Hall’s quartet-in-residence, and is today one of the longest-established string quartets in the world. The last concert on 20 January was a full house with tickets selling out quickly, so be sure to book your spot as soon as possible! Tickets are available via Eventbrite. A student discount is available–tickets are only £5!

We are delighted to welcome Daniel H. Weiss as our speaker for the 2024 Ashby Lecture, on Wednesday 6th March at 5:00pm. Professor Weiss was the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from 2015-2023, and the title of his talk will be The Ethical Museum: Reflections on Cultural Mission and Civic Responsibility. After the lecture, Professor Weiss will be in conversation with the distinguished art critic Martin Gayford, formerly of the Spectator and the Sunday Telegraph and currently chief art critic for Bloomberg News, to discuss the trials, tribulations, and opportunities provided by leading one of the world’s great museums.

Clare Hall Choir will sing Choral Evensong at Robinson. This will be a particularly significant service, as for the first in the choir’s history we will not be joined by another choir for a chapel service.

The music will include pieces by Mozart, Rutter and Walmisley. Everyone is welcome to attend, and no tickets are required.

Join Continuum in the Chapel of Clare College Cambridge for a programme tracing Lent through music from the Iberian Peninsula.

The programme uses the seven liturgical verses of the Latin hymn, Vexilla Regis, as a foundation for traversing the rich textual and compositional connections found in Iberian music. With chant interspersed with polyphonic settings, vernacular carols and hymns from the Iberian Peninsula, the concert reimagines the liturgical Vexilla Regis in a retrospective and contemporary context. The programme culminates in a new extended commission by Cambridge-based Carlos Rodríguez Otero that draws its inspiration from this Iberian musical tradition. The commission is generously supported by Professor Eric Nye. Tickets available on Eventbrite. A student discount is available–tickets are only £5!

Clare Hall Choir will join the choir of St Botolph for a service of Choral Evensong. This is the first collaboration between Clare Hall Choir and an organisation outside of the University. Music will include pieces by Mozart and Walmisley. Everyone welcome.

Clare Hall is honoured to present an exhibition of paintings by William Balthazar Rose. We are also delighted to announce that the exhibition has been extended to 7 March, owing to student interest and a forthcoming review in Varsity. His cooks series are typically painted on wood panels or stretched canvas, and more recently the artist has used large wooden chopping blocks which he has constructed himself. ‘The chopping block was in part a response to the economic difficulties of framing and in part a creative rebellion,’ he explains. ‘I thought my cooks seemed abject themselves, often so miserable that one then found them funny.’ Read more here.

The exhibition runs from 18 January to 7 March 2024 in Clare Hall’s Main Building.

A Cupcake Gift (oil on canvas 30 x 42 cm) 2023 

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

Join the College’s Book Club as they discuss The Sun Walks Down by Fiona MacFarlane.

All College members are welcome to attend in-person, meeting in Clare Hall’s Meeting Room, 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.

We are delighted to host regular lunchtime yoga sessions every other Wednesday in the Richard Eden Suite and Meeting Room, starting from 17 January, from 12:15-12:45pm. The full schedule can be found here.

Mindfulness sessions this term will be on Tuesdays at 13.00. They will be held in the King Suite on Clare Hall main site. These sessions are drop-in, so no RSVP is required. All members of the Clare Hall community are welcome. Feel free to contact Elizabeth Garnsey with any questions:

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.

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