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 jdth2@cam.ac.uk 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 second 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 enjoys running, cooking, and music of all sorts.  He can be contacted on ak903@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, 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 10.00am - 2.00pm during term time.

She may be contacted on: nr399@cam.ac.uk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tel: +44  (0)1223 333206

 

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 npmm2@cam.ac.uk