Clare College Cambridge

Chapel Personnel

Who's Who?

 

THE DEAN, Gregory Seach, is responsible for the conduct of services in Chapel, and has a pastoral rôle among the Fellows, staff, students (undergraduate and graduate) and all members of the College. He is an Anglican priest, and as a Fellow of Clare, is Director-of-Studies in Theology and Religious Studies. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, his first degree was in English Literature from the University of Sydney. He then taught English, History and Drama for ten years, before moving to Melbourne to begin theological study at Trinity College, University of Melbourne and through the Melbourne College of Divinity. He was ordained and served his curacy in the Diocese of Melbourne, before coming to Cambridge as a graduate student, combining his two ‘former lives’ with studies in theology and literature. Gregory first came to Clare as Decani Scholar from 2006-7 and is delighted to return as Dean.

He may be contacted on: gjs32@cam.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1223 333240

 

 

 

THE DECANI SCHOLAR, Evan King, assists the Dean in the life of the Chapel.  He is in his third year as a doctoral student in the Faculty of Divinity, writing a dissertation on the Platonism developed in the Dominican houses of study along the Rhineland in the 13th- and 14th-centuries in commentaries, treatises and sermons. He is interested more broadly in the relationship between philosophy, cosmology and spiritual life in the ancient and medieval world. Evan is originally from Shelburne, in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, and has studied Classics at the University of King’s College (BA) and Dalhousie University (MA) in Halifax. Outside of life at Clare, Evan and his wife Elizabeth enjoy rambling with a Pevsner in hand. He may be contacted on ek388@cam.ac.uk

 

 

 

THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, Graham Ross, is a composer and conductor of a wide range of repertoire, he has had works performed throughout Europe and beyond. A passionate believer in the unveiling of both unjustly-neglected and newly-penned works, he has given numerous first performances as both a pianist and conductor of a very broad spectrum of composers.

He is Principal Conductor/co-founder of The Dmitri Ensemble, with whom he has explored in particular many rarely performed and newly-composed works, and recorded works by James MacMillan (Naxos),Vaughan Williams (Albion Records), Judith Bingham (Signum) and Giles Swayne (Naxos). He guest conducts ensembles and orchestras across the UK and beyond, and is increasingly involved in the field of opera, having conducted in Jerusalem, Aldeburgh, Provence, Glyndebourne and beyond. He holds a special relationship with Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Denmark, where he has appeared many times as guest conductor.

As a composer recent performances have been given by, amongst others, Aurora Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, O Duo, and the Solstice Quartet, at festivals including Edington, Musique-Cordiale, Three Choirs and London Contemporary Church Music Festivals.

He may be contacted on: gr267@cam.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1223 333264

 

THE CHAPEL ADMINISTRATOR, Kate Littlechild, is responsible for running the day-to-day administration of the Chapel, including all Chapel bookings, producing service sheets and co-ordinating extra and special services. In addition she plays a large part in helping the Director of Music administratively with the musical side of Chapel and in particular with the Chapel Choir. She also looks after the Bennett Room in Memorial Court. Her Quaker upbringing and musical hobbies as a child – she plays the piano and the violin - have provided her with experiences relevant to the job she is doing. She read Spanish at Nottingham University, and her past jobs have included working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council. She enjoys contact with people. Kate is married to Tony, and they have three children. She works out regularly at the gym, listens to all types of music, enjoys foreign travel, and is at present researching her family history.

She may be contacted on: krl22@cam.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1223 333206

 

 

THE CHOIR ADMINISTRATOR, James Proctor, manages the Choir's external engagements together with the day to day administration of the Choir. James first joined Clare College in 2012 as a Choral Volunteer whilst pursuing his postgraduate diploma in Arts Management at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. During this period, he was also a Marketing Assistant for the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, and a part-time Sales Assistant at Heffers Sound, Cambridge's specialist classical music shop.  James had originally read Music at Royal Holloway University of London, graduating with First Class Honours, and awarded the Brian Dennis Memorial Prize in Composition.

As a singer, James has sung lead roles in operas that include Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, a staged production of Handel's Samson and Patterson's Entr'acte, commissioned for World Event Young Artists 2012.  He was formerly a Choral Scholar with the Royal Holloway Chapel Choir - with whom he participated in two recordings and a Radio 3 broadcast - and has performed with Ex Cathedra, London Bach Choir and Convivium Singers.  In his spare time, James enjoys going to rock & folk concerts, reading and visiting the Lake District. 

He may be contacted on: jrp72@cam.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1223 333206

   

THE SIR WILLIAM McKIE ORGAN SCHOLAR, Matthew Jorysz, is in his final year  reading music.  Previously he was organ scholar of Salisbury Cathedral where, in the absence of an Assistant Director of Music, his duties included playing for the majority of the daily services.  Whilst at school he was taught by Ann Elise Smoot, gaining the Associateship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists with four prizes in 2010.  More recently he has studied with Daniel Moult and he now learns with James McVinnie.  As a recitalist he has played at St David's, Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals, and at the 2011 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.

He may be contacted on:mdj29@cam.ac.uk                                                                .

 

 

 

THE GEORGE LAW ORGAN SCHOLAR, Anthony Daly, is in his first year reading music. He attended the Junior Department of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for eight years, qualifying as an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) with two prizes in summer 2013. Anthony is a versatile performer, having been featured as a soloist and accompanist on numerous occasions. Previous engagements have included playing for a live BBC Radio 4 broadcast, giving recitals in Switzerland and being invited to perform J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the organ of St John's Smith Square in a concert broadcast on Classic FM. Anthony studies organ with Ann Elise Smoot.  He may be contacted on: ad745@cam.ac.uk