Clare College Cambridge

Chapel Personnel


Who's Who?


Jamie HawkeyTHE DEAN, Jamie Hawkey, is responsible for the life of the College Chapel, has a pastoral rôle among all members of the College community, and is Director of Studies in Theology.  He is a priest of the Church of England, studied at Girton and Selwyn Colleges and Westcott House here in Cambridge,  and at the Angelicum University in Rome.  He came to Clare having been Precentor of Westminster Abbey and a Minor Canon there since 2010, prior to which he was curate of St Mary's Portsea in inner-city Portsmouth.  In October 2017, he was appointed Chaplain to HM The Queen.

Jamie’s research interests focus around ecclesiology and ecumenical theology, and he teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Divinity Faculty. In addition to his work at Clare Jamie is an assistant Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Ely, serves on the International Anglican-Reformed Dialogue, as a member of the Malines Conversions Group, chairs the UK Development Committee of the Anglican Centre in Rome, and is a Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey. He is married to Carol, and is passionate about the arts, history and the countryside.  Jamie can normally be found in E3 during office hours, and may be contacted on or Tel: +44 (0)1223 333240


THE DECANI SCHOLAR, Kirsty Borthwick, assists the Dean in the life of the Chapel. She is a first year doctoral student in the Faculty of Divinity, researching St. Augustine of Hippo’s works on the Trinity.

Kirsty has previously read for a BA in Theology at Oxford and an MLitt at St Andrews, and is now training for the Priesthood at Westcott House alongside her academic research. Her broader interests lie in the relationship between theology and spirituality, ecumenism, and in supporting and nurturing theological education in the parish.

Outside of her work, she enjoys anything that gets her into the great outdoors and is most likely to be found exploring the Fens or seeking out somewhere a little more hilly for some proper climbing! Kirsty can be contacted on


THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, Graham Ross, oversees all practical music-making in the College, teaches conducting on the MMus Course and supervises for the Music Tripos.  He has established an exceptional reputation as a sought-after conductor and composer of a very broad range of repertoire.  His performances around the world and his extensive discography have earned consistently high international praise, including a Diapason d’Or, Le Choix de France Musique and a Gramophone Award nomination.  He is Principal Conductor/co-founder of The Dmitri Ensemble, and, since 2010, Fellow and Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge.


In demand as a regular guest conductor in the UK and abroad, his recent collaborations have included the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Australian Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Salomon Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra and Haydn Chamber Orchestra.  In recent seasons his work has taken him to Sydney Opera House, Washington’s Library of Congress, Notre Dame Cathedral, Palestine, Asia and throughout Europe.  He has conducted many world première performances and recordings, including works by James MacMillan, Judith Bingham, Giles Swayne, Imogen Holst, Nico Muhly, Brett Dean, Gabriel Jackson, John Rutter, Matthew Martin.  He may be contacted on or tel.: +44 (0)1223 333264.


THE HEAD OF THE CHAPEL OFFICE,  Nicola Robertson, takes full responsibility for providing comprehensive adminstrative support for the life of the Chapel. 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 and works from 9.30am - 2.00pm during term time.
She may be contacted on or tel +44 (0) 1223 333206.


THE SIR WILLIAM MCKIE SENIOR ORGAN SCHOLAR, Eleanor Carter, grew up in Guildford attending Tormead School as a music scholar. She started learning the organ at the age of nine, quickly going on to study with Katherine Dienes-Williams at Guildford Cathedral. She latterly attended the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied organ with Anne Marsden Thomas and Peter Holder, with the cello as her second study.  

She regularly accompanies services at various local churches, and has had opportunities to play at Evensong in Canterbury and Chichester Cathedrals. Eleanor has also given organ recitals at various venues, such as St. Lawrence Jewry in London, and has participated in local and county festivals. 

Eleanor is also a cellist and pianist - particularly enjoying chamber music, she has played with the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, and the International Chamber Music Academy for several years. Through this ensemble playing she has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall. 

As well as playing at Clare, Eleanor also plays at King's college for their King's Voices mixed choir.


THE GEORGE LAW JUNIOR ORGAN SCHOLAR, Ashley Chow, grew up in Hong Kong and started playing the piano and violin since the age of six. Before Cambridge, he studied at Harrow School as a music scholar, where he started playing the organ and took lessons with Martin Singleton. There he assisted choir rehearsals, performed as a soloist and regularly accompanied school services.

At Harrow, Ashley enjoyed being a member of Harrow’s orchestras and chamber groups, performing works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. He has had the opportunity to perform at St John’s Smith Square, Winchester Cathedral and Royal Albert Hall in the UK and in Bangkok, Beijing and Hong Kong whilst on tour with the orchestra.