Clare College Cambridge

Easter Term 2021

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During this continued time of the COVID-19 pandemic, steps have been put in place to ensure safety for all. Attendance at Chapel services this term will sadly not be possible, for the start of term at least. We hope to be able to welcome back members of the College community and possibly the public at a later point in term, and details of this will be announced on our website and social media pages.

 If congregational attendance is permitted at a later point in term:

  • Congregational attendance at services by members of College or the public will be strictly limited to adhere with social distancing. To secure a place seats must be booked in advance via the Chapel website.Tickets will be available to book for the week ahead. You must specify how many people in your household/bubble will be attending (up to a maximum of six) and supply contact details for Test and Trace when doing so.

  • In line with the Government’s COVID-19 Test and Trace programme, contact details for all visitors and service attendees will be taken and held on file for a period of 21 days. Your details will only be used, if necessary, in conjunction with the Test and Trace programme and Clare College will not process this data for any other purpose.

  • If you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of Covid-19 please stay at home. If you have attended Chapel and develop symptoms within 14 days you must notify us immediately.

  • Households and bubbles attending services must remain socially distanced at all times in Chapel, especially if there is a queue on arrival or departure. It is a legal requirement that face coverings are worn at all times by all those attending a place of worship. A hand cleansing station is available on entry and exit to the Chapel.

  • Orders of service will be placed on seats and you are asked to take these away with you and dispose of them yourself.

  • Congregational singing is not permitted at present, but details will be announced at the service if this changes. Toilet facilities will not be available to visitors, and there are no drinks or dining after services this term.

  • All Chapel services will be streamed live on the Choir’s YouTube channel. Links will be circulated through the Choir’s and Chapel’s websites and social media pages.


Tuesdays                              Evensong, 6.15 p.m.

Wednesdays                         Compline, 10.00 p.m. on 5 May, 26 May and 16 June

Thursday                               Evensong, 6.15 p.m.

Sundays                                Evensong, 6.00 p.m.

Members of College are asked to wear gowns to Sunday evening services.
The Chapel is open each day for private prayer and reflection.


Thursday 13 May

Choral Evensong for Ascension Day

6.15 p.m.

Sunday 23 May

Choral Eucharist for Pentecost, N.B. 11.00 a.m.

11.00 a.m.

Sunday 30 May

Choral Evensong for Trinity Sunday

6.00 p.m.

Thursday 3 June

Festal Evensong for Corpus Christi

6.15 p.m.

Wednesday 16 June

Requiem Compline

10.00 p.m.

Thursday 17 June

Festal Evensong

6.15 p.m.




2 May

When everything sad comes untrue (John 20: 1–18)

9 May

Locked doors and doubt (John 20: 19–31)

16 May

Peter’s new start (John 21: 1–25)

23 May
(11.00 a.m.)

The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2: 1–21)

30 May

Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Romans 8: 12–17)

6 June

Better call Paul (Acts 9: 1–19)

13 June

With unveiled faces (2 Corinthians 3: 7–18


On Tuesday evenings at 7.30 p.m., there will be a short informal and friendly reading group, led by our Decani Scholar, Hannah Black (née Grady). This term we will continue exploring Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, a dazzling novel – comic, satirical and supernatural – about a visit by the devil to the Soviet Union. The group will recommence on Tuesday 4 May, and will meet via Zoom. If you’d like to be part of the group, please email Hannah ( for further details – all Clare members are warmly welcome to join us. 


A chance for Clare students to take a break from work in the beautiful surroundings of the Scholars’ Garden, with tea, coffee, fruit juice, and a range of cakes. Running 2–3 p.m on 18 and 25 May.


On Thursday 13 May at 8.45 a.m. the Choir will sing Orlando Gibbons’ O clap your hands together – a festal anthem for Ascension Day – outside within Old Court.


During Easter Term, the Chapel will support the work of Jimmy’s, a charity that supports homeless people in Cambridge. Jimmy’s works to deliver round-the-clock emergency help, support and accommodation for those who would otherwise be sleeping rough. We will not collect money during services this term, but we encourage you to make a personal donation to support Jimmy’s online here:


The cover image is Raphael’s The Resurrection of Christ.  One of the artist’s earliest known works (c. 1502), it depicts the Risen Christ above the empty tomb, flanked by two angels, with his hand raised in blessing. The four guards respond to the resurrection in awe, and are positioned to represent Christ gathering people to himself from all four corners of the globe. 


Regrettably, there will be no pre-service Sunday recitals this term. We hope to reintroduce these in the 2021-22 academic year.


After another national lockdown and another extended period of silence in Clare Chapel, we are delighted to welcome back our Chapel Choir for services this term. Social distancing rules continue to require us to sing most services with smaller forces, socially distanced. Services will continue to be LiveStreamed on the Choir’s YouTube channel.

This term we continue to explore some of Iceland’s fascinating choral repertoire, including works by Leifs, Sigurbjörnsson, Sveinsson, Snorri Sigfús Birgisson, Tryggvi M. Baldvinsson, Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson, Jón Ásgeirsson, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Sigurður Sævarsson whose Magnificat we premièred in 2018. On Wednesday 16 June we perform Sævarsson’s atmospheric Requiem in a special Compline service commemorating those who have died in the Covid-19 pandemic.

We perform two works commissioned and premièred by Clare Choir in previous years: Nico Muhly’s Let all the world in every corner sing (16 May) and Joshua Pacey’s Preces and Responses (week beginning 1 June). In addition this term we give world première performances of four works written for us: an introit by Vivek Haria (30 May), Preces and Responses by Choir member Victoria Longstaff (week beginning 8 June) and Cambridge graduate student Lucy Walker (week beginning 15 June), and a new anthem by Toby Young (13 June).

Our Choral Eucharist for Pentecost (23 May, 11 a.m.) includes Jean Langlais’ rousing Messe Solennelle, and other musical highlights this term include Byrd’s double motet Ne irascaris, Domine / Civitas sancti tui (9 May), Gibbons’ double-choir anthem O clap your hands together for Ascension Day (13 May), spirituals, works from the Russian choral school, anthems from St Thomas’ Leipzig Kantors, and plenty more.

Please note that details and events may change at short notice due to the ongoing pandemic.

Full details of all events are available from the Chapel Office, or at



THE DEAN, Mark Smith, is responsible for the life of the Chapel and has a general pastoral role throughout College.  He is always happy to talk with all members of the College community 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, Hannah Black, assists the Dean in the life of the Chapel.  Hannah is a Clare graduate student, studying for a PhD in Theology in the Faculty of Divinity. 

THE HEAD OF THE CHAPEL OFFICE, Nicola Robertson, works 9.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 12.00 p.m - 4.30 p.m. Wednesday during full term. She can be contacted to deal with any issues in relation to the life of the Chapel or the Choir.

THE CHOIR ADMINISTRATOR, Hannah Ambrose works and sings with the Chapel Choir and is responsible for all the Choir's external engagements

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 CHRISTIAN UNION REPRESENTATIVES are Laura Szejnmann (ls875) and Sarah Hadden (sih29) and Inyoung Baek (ib455)


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 (, Muslim Chaplains to the University.

Requests for prayer can be sent to the Dean (mss53).