Clare College Cambridge

Chapel Personnel


Who's Who?


Jamie Hawkey

THE 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. 

His research interests focus around ecclesiology and ecumenical theology, and 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 Appeal 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



Arthur Keefer

THE DECANI SCHOLAR, Arthur Keefer, assists the Dean in the life of the Chapel.  He is a third year doctoral student in the Faculty of Divinity, writing a dissertation on the Book of Proverbs.  With a BA in International Business from Virginia Tech and a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, Arthur has published on the Old and New Testaments, written for The Washington Post, and collaborated with Eastern Orthodox and Muslim scholars.  His interests also include philosophy, pedagogy, and global theological education.  He is married to Emem and enjoys running, cooking, and music of all sorts. 
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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 CHAPEL ADMINISTRATOR, Nicola Robertson, 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 and works from 9.30am - 2.00pm during term time.
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THE ASSISTANT ORGANIST, Nicholas Morris, spent his early musical years as a chorister at Westminster Abbey under the direction of James O’Donnell. He was subsequently a Music and Academic Scholar at Uppingham School. Between 2011 and 2014, Nicholas held the Organ Scholarship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he also read for a degree in music. After graduation, he moved to the West Midlands and took up the post of Assistant Organist at Birmingham Cathedral. In September 2016, he joined the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge as Assistant Organist.

Nicholas has performed extensively as a soloist both in the UK and abroad. International engagements have included performances in Norway, the United States, and in the opening concert of the 2012 City of Münster Orgelsommer. UK recital venues have included St Paul's, Westminster, and Southwark Cathedrals in London, the Cathedrals in Wells, Ely and Truro, and Westminster Abbey. Nicholas has a particular interest in new music, and gave a solo recital as part of the 2014 London Festival of Contemporary Church music. He regularly collaborates with composer Toby Young and has premiered several of his works.

Nicholas also enjoys performing with singers and instrumentalists. He has recently appeared as director and harpsichord soloist in Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, and will perform as organ soloist in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in Birmingham Town Hall in March 2017. As accompanist to the Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS) Chorus during 2012 and 2013, Nicholas acted as an assistant to Stephen Cleobury, and was the organist for all concerts over the season. As the accompanist for the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir in 2014 and 2015, he played for their busy schedule of concerts, CD recordings, and BBC radio broadcasts, under the direction of Paul Spicer.

While in Cambridge, Nicholas took organ lessons with William Whitehead. He continues his studies in Birmingham with Henry Fairs. He can be contacted on



THE JUNIOR 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.