Clare College Cambridge

Michaelmas Term 2018

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THE EUCHARIST is celebrated every Sunday morning at 9.30 a.m. – a simple service with a short address, followed by croissants and coffee in E3. On Sunday 21 October at 9.00 a.m., we will go to Trinity Hall for the service in their Chapel, and join them for a cooked breakfast.

MORNING PRAYER is said every Monday–Thursday at 8.30 a.m. On Friday, it is said at 8.00 a.m., led by the Christian Union, and is followed by breakfast in buttery.

EVENING PRAYER is said every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5.30 p.m.

CHORAL COMPLINE is a candle-lit service of sung prayer at the end of the day.

Silence for meditation and private prayer is kept in Chapel every day from noon until 1.00 p.m.


Tuesdays                              Evensong, 6.15 p.m.

Wednesdays                         Compline, 10.00 p.m. on 17 & 31 October, & 14 November

Thursday                               Evensong, 6.15 p.m.

Sundays                                Evensong, 6.00 p.m.

Members of College are asked to wear gowns to Sunday evening services. This service is followed by drinks and dinner in Hall, to which all who attend Chapel are warmly invited (subject to places available). Cost: £5.00 members of College; £11.00 others.



Monday 1 October

Matriculation Service
(not open to the public)

6.00 p.m.

Thursday 1 November

Choral Eucharist for All Saints' Day

6.15 p.m.

Sunday 11 November

Special Service for Remembrance Sunday

10.45 a.m.

Sunday 25 November

Choral Eucharist for Christ the King

6.00 p.m.

Thursday 29 November

First Advent Carol Service
(admission by ticket only)

7.30 p.m.

Sunday 2 December

Second Advent Carol Service
(admission by ticket only)

6.00 p.m.


7 October

The Dean

14 October

The Revd Canon Professor Nicholas Sagovsky
Whitelands Professorial Fellow, Roehampton University;
Dean of Clare 1986-97

21 October

The Reverend Richard Coles
Vicar of Finedon, and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant

28 October

The Venerable Liz Adekunle
Archdeacon of Hackney

4 November

The Revd Canon Dr James Walters
Chaplain and Director of the Faith Centre, London School of Economics

11 November

The Dean (10.45 a.m.)

18 November

The Revd Dr Earl Collins
Vice Principal, Westcott House, Cambridge

25 November 

The Dean


Due to heavy demand, free tickets for both Advent Carol Services are allocated by ballot. Current College members will be invited to apply for tickets by the Head of the Chapel Office. Alumni/æ and members of the public who wish to attend should contact the Head of the Chapel Office by Wednesday 24 October (email for inclusion in the ballot.


On Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m., there will be a short informal reading and discussion group in E3, this year looking at the Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis. We begin on Tuesday 9 October with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be provided and all members of College are very welcome. Copies of the book will be available.


The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of Cambridge’s greatest but frequently under-appreciated treasure houses. After the very popular art walks of last year, on Saturday 27 October we will head to the Fitzwilliam Museum to reflect on three paintings from the collection. We leave from the Old Court Porters’ Lodge at 10.30 a.m., and the morning will conclude at 12.15 p.m. with coffee and soup in the Fitzwilliam’s excellent café! All members of Clare are most welcome.


Could there be a better way to unwind mid-Term than a gentle trip up to Ely? On Saturday 10 November, we will leave College at lunchtime, have a private tour of Ely Cathedral, a cream tea at Peacocks Tearoom, finish with Evensong at the Cathedral, and be back in time for supper. All members of College very welcome, but places are limited! Please email Nicola Robertson in the Chapel Office ( to reserve your place.


The cover photograph is an image of an army padre decorating a make-shift chapel on the Western Front in 1918. An artist’s impression of this picture was printed on the cover of the Illustrated London News on 20 June, 1918. We shall commemorate all those Clare members who died in the First World War at a special service in Chapel at 10.45 a.m. on Sunday 11 November.


This term’s charity is the St Timothy Scholarship Programme, Malawi. In the summer of 2017 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mangochi and the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire, whose catchment areas overlap in southern Malawi, jointly launched the St. Timothy Scholarship Programme to benefit bright students from poor families who cannot afford the fees and expenses associated with a secondary school education. The programme is managed jointly by the two dioceses, is open to all children regardless of their race, gender or religious affiliation, and is a direct response to the Joint Declaration issued by Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby in 2016 for Anglicans and Roman Catholics to pursue such work together.


Each Sunday during full term there is a recital in Chapel at 5.25 p.m. before Evensong. Visitors are welcome, and admission is free.  The recital is a preparation for the worship to follow, and those present are invited to reflect and meditate silently during the musical offering.


This Michaelmas term the Choir sings two of the Songs of Farewell by Hubert Parry exactly 100 years after his death (7 October), Bach’s motet Lobet dem Herrn (21 October), the Mass setting by Imogen Holst for the Choral Eucharist for All Saints’ Day (1 November), and Finzi’s celebrated Lo, the full, final Sacrifice for the Eucharist for Christ the King (25 November). A very special morning service for Remembrance Sunday (11 November) marks the centenary of the end of World War One, at which the Choir will perform Giles Swayne’s The Dug-Out, commissioned and premièred by the Choir in 2007 and setting a text by Clare alumnus Siegfried Sassoon. Many other works this term were composed for the Choir; most recently the Nunc Dimittis setting by current Clare student Toby Hession (28 October) – whose organ voluntary Tocarter receives its first performance on the same day – as well as Haec Dies by Matthew Martin (4 November), Tavener’s Nowell! Nowell! Out of your sleep (27 November), and a set of canticles by former Clare Organ Scholar William Denis Browne (13 November) who was killed at Gallipoli. The Choir joins the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge for a joint Evensong in their Chapel (6 November), and the two hugely-popular Advent Carol Services this year take place on Thursday 29 November and Sunday 2 December (admission by ticket only).

During the December vacation, the Choir is joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an outstanding line-up of soloists for a performance of Parts 1, 2, 3 and 6 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Trinity College Chapel (1 December). A Staff Carol Concert is given in Clare Chapel (17 December) and a Concert of Readings and Music for Advent is given at St Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe for Bede House in London (18 December). The Choir performs a brand new festive concert programme, Winter’s Night, in Lamberhurst, Kent (16 December), Leamington Spa (19 December), and at the flagship Christmas concert at London’s St John’s, Smith Square (20 December). Full details are available from the Chapel Office, or at


The Chapel Choir is joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and an outstanding line-up of soloists for a performance of Parts 1, 2, 3 and 6 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Trinity College Chapel on Saturday 1 December, under the direction of Graham Ross. Tickets are available from the ADC Box Office, and advance booking strongly recommended.


The Choir presents its new Christmas programme, Winter’s Night, in concert in Lamberhurst, Leamington Spa and London’s St John’s, Smith Square. Full details are available at the back of this termcard.


Tickets are now on sale for a very special performance of Britten’s War Requiem in King’s College Chapel on Saturday 19 January 2019, involving massed Cambridge choirs and orchestras and three outstanding soloists, conducted by Graham Ross. Full details are available at the back of this termcard.


THE DEAN, Jamie Hawkey, is responsible for the life of the Chapel and has a general pastoral role in the College.  He is always happy to talk with all members of the College about any matters of concern or interest and can usually be found in E3. In cases of genuine emergency, he can be contacted 24 hours a day through the Porters' Lodge.  

THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, Graham Ross, is responsible for music in Chapel. He can be contacted in E4.

THE DECANI SCHOLAR, Kirsty Borthwick, and the ALMA ROYALTON KISCH SCHOLAR, Daniel Tolan, assist the Dean in the life of the Chapel. They are both studying for PhD degrees in Theology in the Faculty of Divinity.

THE HEAD OF THE CHAPEL OFFICE, Nicola Robertson, works weekday mornings during full term (from 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m). She handles all routine Chapel matters.

THE CHOIR ADMINISTRATOR, Sophie Alabaster is responsible for all the Choir's external engagements. 

THE ORDINANDS this term include David Roberts from Ridley Hall, who is reading for a University degree, and on attachment at Clare this year.

THE CHAPEL WARDENS look after the running of Chapel services and events. They meet for lunch from 1.00 p.m. on Tuesdays in E3 to plan the coming week. Please speak to the Dean or Decani Scholar if you would like to be involved.

THE CHAPEL READERS speak at Chapel services: any members of College who would like to offer to read in Chapel should speak to the Dean or one of the Chapel Wardens.

THE REPRESENTATIVES are  Christian Coppa and Navin Ramikrishna (MCR Representatives, clc84 and nr384), Freddie Bird (Christian Union Representative, fb470), and Sr. Ann Swailes (Assistant Chaplain and Fisher House Representative, acs92).

CHAPLAINS TO THOSE OF OTHER FAITHS are Rabbi Yisroel Malkiel ( and Mrs Elisheva Malkiel (, Jewish Chaplains to the University; Dr Rachael Harris (rmh1001), Buddist Chaplain to the University; and Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (tjw31) and Shaykh John Butt (, Moslem Chaplains to the University.

Requests for prayer may be left in the Antechapel.