Mark Smith, Dean of Chapel

The Dean

The Rev'd Dr Mark Smith is responsible for the life of the College Chapel, and has a pastoral role among all members of the College community. He is also Clare's Director of Studies in Theology, and a College Tutor. Mark is a priest of the Church of England and was himself a student at Cambridge, reading History at Peterhouse. He lectures in patristics at the Faculty of Divinity, and his academic research focuses on the history and doctrine of the fourth and fifth centuries. Mark is married to Phillippa, and they have two young daughters. In his spare time, Mark enjoys playing cricket, snooker and pool. His rooms are in E3 (Old Court), and he can be contacted on
Graham Ross, Choir Director

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.
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Head of the Chapel Office

The Head of the Chapel Office is Gabrielle Bell. She can be contacted at

The Decani Scholar

The Decani Scholar is Hannah Fytche. She can be contacted at 

The Choir Administrator

The Choir Administrator is Helen Southernwood. She can be contacted at 

The Organ Scholars

Sir William McKie Senior Organ Scholar

Samuel Jones is in his third year studying Music. He started playing the organ whilst at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford  where he gained valuable experience accompanying the Chamber Choir at venues such as Keble College, Oxford and St. Paul’s Cathedral. In the Sixth Form, he was appointed Organ Scholar of the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace, London where he had the opportunity to play at a broadcast Ballroom Carol Service from Buckingham Palace and at the Royal Maundy service held at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. After leaving school in 2019, Samuel spent a Gap Year as Organ Scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral, where he assisted in accompanying the cathedral choirs in their 8 weekly services and the Choral Scholars in concerts throughout the year. He also acted as choir librarian and worked in an administrative role at Portsmouth Grammar School. Samuel enjoys performing as a soloist on both the organ and the piano, recently playing works such as Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. Aside from the keyboard, Samuel also plays the oboe in both a chamber and ensemble capacity.

Junior Organ Scholar

The Junior Organ Scholar is Daniel Blaze. 

Religious networks in Clare and the University

The Clare Christian Union Representatives are Susannah Scott ( and Matthew Sherwood ( 

The Clare Fisher House Representative is Krzystof Herka ( 

The University Jewish Chaplains are Ben Baruch and Atira Baruch ( and 

The University Buddhist Chaplain is Dr Rachael Harris. Rachael can be contacted at and is a Fellow of Clare College. 

Cambridge University Islamic Society (CU ISoc) information can be found here.