Clare College Cambridge

Lent Term 2021

Since we are unable to meet together in the Chapel building this term, we will be once again producing a special weekly programme, called Clarecast.

Each Friday at 5pm, a new ClareCast video will be posted on the Choir’s YouTube page, and ClareCast 5 is available here. These are weekly online videos from the Chapel and Choir, and feature readings, reflections and prayers from Clare members, as well as beautiful choral pieces from the Choir’s archives.

This week explores the Parable of the Good Samaritan, and features a performance of Scottish composer James MacMillan’s 2009 ‘Miserere’ - a text that would have ordinarily been sung in Chapel on Ash Wednesday marking the start of Lent.  The performance here was recorded by the Choir of Clare College live in concert in the stunning 11th-century Basilica (and former Benedictine Abbey) in Évron, France, at their Festival d’Arts Sacrés in 2018. There is also a reading from Clare undergraduate Charlotte Lees, a lovely homily from Sr Ann Swailes (a Chaplain at Fisher House, and a Clare doctoral student), and prayers led by Rachel Blanchflower, who is the Rector of Great Gransden, one of the College’s historic livings.

We really hope you enjoy these weekly ClareCasts - you can click ‘subscribe’ on the Choir’s YouTube page to be reminded when each new video becomes available. 

You can also still listen to our Radio 3 Choral Evensong programme, sung by our Choir, with readings by College members, which was broadcast on Wednesday 10th February and is available until 12th March on BBC Sounds - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000s31k 

A full archive of all of last term's online services and performances is also available on the Choir's YouTube page, please click here.

Please also consider making a donation to Friends of Clare Music to support the ongoing music making at Clare College: https://www.clarealumni.com/pages/supporting-clare/friends-of-clare-music Donations to the Friends of Clare music are allocated by the Director of Music to enhance music at the College. Recent examples of expenditure include the installation of webcasting microphones and technology, installation of live streaming video technology, purchase of College instruments, support towards touring activities and student collaborations with external professional musicians. Current and future support is essential is to ensure that Clare remains an international centre of excellence in music making and scholarship.