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Newsletter: Events at Clare Hall, Easter Term 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 last Colloquium of the term will be on 11 June, with Dr Anthony Harris (Research Fellow and Tutor, Clare Hall) presenting on Using Large Language Models (LLMs) for Humanities Led Research (HLR)”

The family supper will take place this evening!

Family Suppers are a great way for families with children to get to know each other. We start off in the Meeting room (near the Porters lodge) at 5.30pm for a craft activity with a spring theme! We then head to dinner at about 6pm. It is the usual paid dinner service, no need to book ; children dine half price. We then return to the meeting room to watch a film together. 

The joint choirs of Clare Hall and Darwin are holding a concert at Darwin College on Monday 10th June, 7:30pm. Both choirs will sing separately and together, and there will be solo instrumental performances by members of both choirs. The concert will last around 75 minutes, and will be followed by refreshments.

The concert will be at Darwin and is free to attend. There is also still space for solo performers if anyone would like to contribute.

Professor Thanasis Fokas, distinguished mathematician and Fellow of Clare Hall, will be giving a talk as part of the West Hub inspiring speaker series–book your tickets here. Prof Fokas will be presenting on “Ways of Comprehending – The Grand Illusion and the Essence of Being Human.”

Mark your calendars and prepare to indulge in the magic of a Venetian Carnival where elegance meets joy, with an evening of vibrant masks, captivating entertainment, and exquisite cuisine. Enjoy a night of unlimited food, drink, and entertainment at the 2024 Clare Hall May Week Event on Friday 14th June! Book your tickets here (ticket sales close today!)

On behalf of the Clare Hall Boat Club Committee, we are delighted to welcome College members, family, and friends to the first annual May Bumps Riverside Picnic on Saturday, 15 June 2024.

There will be a CHBC Marquee on Ditton Meadows from 11:30am, which will offer limited seating, Pimm’s and non-alcoholic drinks, and light refreshments. Read more and RSVP by 12 June.

Join us for an exciting violin and piano duo with the internationally renowned Mélanie Clapiès and Patrick Hemmerlé!

Franck’s violin Sonata has achieved immense popularity with both performers and audiences. It is not difficult to see why, for it combines a wealth of unforgettable melodies, a richly chromatic harmony, an expressive sound world of searing intensity, and a formal design of great originality. Chausson was one of Franck’s most talented students, the most Wagnerian of French composers.

The Sonata No. 3 in A minor “dans le caractère populaire roumain” (in Romanian Folk Style) for violin and piano, Op. 25, is a chamber music composition written in 1926 by the Romanian composer George Enescu. The score, published in 1933, is dedicated to the memory of the violinist Franz Kneisel. It is one of the composer’s most popular and at the same time most critically respected works.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

You are warmly invited to the Annual Clare Hall cricket match between the President’s XI and the Clare Hall Students to be held on Wednesday 19th June at the Leckhampton cricket ground, off Cranmer Road, from 1.30 pm. More information available here.

Grace Davidson, “one of the most beautiful and pure soprano voices on earth”, and harpsichordist Julian Perkins offer us a selection of major works from English and Italian Baroque. Together with works that are quite familiar, such as the great songs of Purcell and Dowland, some composers presented are less well known to the general public. Thomas Campion was a fascinating character, composer, poet and physician who studied at Peterhouse. Pelham Humfrey was a strong influence on Henry Purcell.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

“When people ask where I am from, I reply ‘I am English’, anticipating the follow up question ‘Where are you really from?” – Jamie Lau

Jamie Lau Eight Stories: Mark Nam

Clare Hall is proud to present an exhibition by British-born Chinese photographer Jamie Lau. The display of photographs was originally commissioned by the British Library, as an event to accompany their exhibition ‘Chinese and British’ from 2022-2023.

Lau was born in London but grew up in a village in Bedfordshire, with no extended Chinese community in the area. Far from feeling culturally isolated, Lau says that he felt no different from those around him: his home has always been intrinsically part of his identity. “Whilst I may never have been Chinese enough, or English enough to some, these questions of identity seem less polarised today. As society grows more used to a multicultural landscape, the need to define identity through ethnic heritage alone has lessened,” Lau says.

The exhibition is titled ‘Eight Stories,’ a reference to the lucky number eight in Chinese culture. Through his personal involvement with photography, Lau has weaved together his eight subjects, their stories and their settings, to tell us about Chinese people who have forged an identity away from metropolitan life. Lau has sought to capture individuals of Chinese heritage who, like himself, identify with being part of more than one culture.

The exhibition is free, and runs from 26 April 2024 to 25 June 2024 in Clare Hall’s Main Building.

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

Join the College’s Book Club for their next meeting, where they will be reading Vaxxers by Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green.

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 lunchtime Pilates classes during Easter term. Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. The sessions will be held every Monday from 12:15-13:00 in the Richard Eden Suite.

Please bring your own mat, and arrive 5-10 minutes early to help prepare the room.

Sign up through this sheet. Note: These pilates sessions will also be available over the summer, more details and the sign up will be available in due course.

We are delighted to host regular lunchtime yoga sessions on Wednesdays in the Richard Eden Suite, starting from 10 April, from 12:15-12:45pm. The full schedule can be found here. All are welcome!

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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