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This calendar lists events associated with Trinity College. Members of College are welcome to add events to it.

24th Dec 201115:30ChapelChristmas Eve Crib ServiceA very short service suitable for children in preparation for Christmas (Chapel).

15th Dec 201118:00ChapelFamily Carol ServiceA short service suitable for all ages, telling the Christmas story. Followed by refreshments in the Ante-Chapel (Chapel).

1st Dec 201117:45AcademicA voice that is like no other: poetry reading by Spencer ReeceSpencer Reece is an American poet and a recently ordained priest, currently serving as curate at the Anglican Cathedral in Madrid, who published his first volume of poetry in 2004 with Houghton Mifflin.

Awarded: Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Fellowship ~ Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize [2004] ~ the Whiting Writers' Award [2005] ~ a Pushcart Prize [2009] ~ a Guggenheim Fellowship ~ a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

There will be a showing of the short film, 'The Clerk's Tale', Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2010, directed by James Franco, and based on Reece's poem of the same title, followed by Reece performing a selection of his own verse.

The event is free and open to all (Old Combination Room).

1st Dec 201120:30MusicThe Korschenbroich Ensemble£3/£2/TCMS members free (Chapel). TCMS.

30th Nov 201117:30AcademicInaugural lecture: When was Medieval Philosophy?John Marenbon will give his inaugural lecture as Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy in Cambridge. He shall argue against the usual chronological division, according to which there was a period of ‘medieval philosophy’ corresponding roughly to the Middle Ages. Using as his basis an argument about why studying antiquated philosophy is valuable, he shall also explain why such a question about chronological divisions is important, even for philosophers.

Venue: Little Hall, Sidgwick Site. .

30th Nov 201121:00MusicChoral Music for AdventBy Shepherd, Guerrero and Warlock.

At the Round Church.

£3/£2/TCMS members free. TCMS.

29th Nov 201118:15SocietiesMolecular Systems Architecture: From Complexity to FunctionSpeaker: Dr Jonathan Nitschke

Nature employs self-assembly – the bringing together of molecular sub-units under thermodynamic control, during which less-stable assemblies are broken up in favour of the most stable assemblies – to construct her most complex architectures, from the folds and adhesions that lend tertiary and quater...nary structure to proteins, to the zipping-up of DNA. Within living organisms many different self-assembly processes are continuously occurring in parallel. These processes use many of the same interactions (such as hydrogen bonding, Coulombic attraction or repulsion, or hydrophobic effects) in similar ways, yet these parallel self-assembly processes are able to avoid interfering with each other. (Winstanley Lecture Theatre). TCSS.

29th Nov 201120:30MusicBeethoven & Chopin piano worksMassimo Foliero (Chapel). TCMS.

28th Nov 201113:00MusicTrinity Choir at lunchtimeBRITTEN - A Ceremony of Carols

Admisson free (Chapel). TCMS.

24th Nov 201120:00MusicCambridge University String EnsembleFinzi Prelude, Clarinet Concerto and Dies Natalis

£5/£3/TCMS members free (Chapel). TCMS.

23rd Nov 201117:00AcademicBirkbeck Lectures 2011Guy Stroumsa
Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, Oxford University


Wednesday 23 November
Religious communities as communities of knowledge.

Lectures take place at 5.00 p.m. in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College.

All welcome.

(Download the Birkbeck lectures to iCal/vCal via History Faculty website.) (Winstanley Lecture Theatre).

23rd Nov 201120:00MusicSchubertLaurence Williams sings Schubert's much loved setting of Muller's cycle "Die Schone Mullerin"

£3/£2/TCMS members free (Old Combination Room). TCMS.

22nd Nov 201118:15SocietiesSynthetic Biology of Nucleic Acid ReplicationA critical event in the origin of life is thought to have been the emergence of an RNA molecule capable of self-replication as well as mutation, and hence evolution towards ever more efficient replication. As this primordial replicase appears to be have been lost in time, we are using synthetic biol...ogy to build modern-day “Doppelgangers” of the ancestral replicase to reconstruct and study life’s first genetic system.

I will discuss our progress in the engineering and evolution of an RNA replicase as well as future challenges such as the integration of RNA self-replication within protocellular structures with a view to build simple quasicellular systems with life-like properties. (Winstanley Lecture Theatre). TCSS.

22nd Nov 201120:30MusicFranck Violin SonataMax Bailey & Nigel Yandell (Chapel). TCMS.

21st Nov 201117:00Guest SpeakerTeaching the Abrahamic Religions: A Subversive Enterprise?"Speaker: Prof Guy Stroumsa (University of Oxford)

Venue: Old Common Room, Wesley House, Jesus Lane

This year we are delighted to celebrate Interfaith week with a lecture by Professor Guy Strousma, the first Oxford Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, and also the Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Interfaith Week is is led by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, of which the Woolf Institute is a member body. The week aims to highlight the good work done by local faith, inter faith and faith-based groups and organisations and open new possibilities for partnership.

All are welcome to attend.

21st Nov 201120:30SocietiesSuperfluid states of matter: from superfluid helium to polariton condensatesSpeaker: Dr Natalia Berloff (DAMTP)

All talks will begin at 8.30pm with port and orange juice from 8.15pm. Talks are for members only; non-members may join at the door. Membership is just £2.50 for life. (Winstanley Lecture Theatre). TMS.

20th Nov 201118:15ChapelSunday EvensongPreacher: Professor Simon Goldhill (Professor of Greek Literature and Culture, and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge)

'Telling Tales: Stories from the Book of Genesis: Joseph' (Chapel).

19th Nov 201120:00MusicLobgesang - Mendelssohn 2nd SymphonyThe Trinity Singers return for a storming performance of Mendelssohn's 2nd Symphony, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra. Described by Mendelssohn as a "Symphony-Cantata" this unique work was written for the 400th Anniversary of the Leipzig printing press and was performed in a celebratory concert at the St. Thomaskirche, Liepzig on 25th June, 1840. The texts originally chosen by Mendelssohn, are all drawn from the bible apart from the Lutherin chorale texts of "Nun Danket Alle Gott". Ironically written after the 4th symphony was composed, this later work of Mendelssohn displays his refined mastery for chorus and orchestral forces that is so present in his other great oratorios.

Tickets £8 (£5 concessions / free for TCMS members) available on the door (Chapel). TCMS.

16th Nov 201117:00AcademicBirkbeck Lectures 2011Guy Stroumsa
Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, Oxford University


Wednesday 16 November
Reading practices in Early Christianity and the individualisation process.

Lectures take place at 5.00 p.m. in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College.

All welcome.

(Download the Birkbeck lectures to iCal/vCal via History Faculty website.) (Winstanley Lecture Theatre).

16th Nov 201120:00MusicSchumannJess Dandy sings Schumann's Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart and other Schumann/Schubert songs.

£3/£2/TCMS members free (Old Combination Room). TCMS.

15th Nov 201118:15SocietiesDark Energy: A Lot of Fuss About NothingSpeaker: Professor Bob Nichol

About a decade ago, astronomers and cosmologists were shocked to discover that the expansion of the Universe was accelerating, contrary to expectations that gravity would lead to a decelerating Universe. This discovery has led to the introduction of "Dark Energy"; a proposed energy field potentially associated with the vacuum energy of space itself.

In this talk, I will begin by reviewing the observations of the Universe that have forced us to accept Dark Energy. I will then outline the next steps in understanding the strange phenomenon including testing our fundamental assumptions of General Relativity and exploring how dark energy may change to time. Time permitting, I will conclude with a look at the next decade of dark energy experiments. (Winstanley Lecture Theatre). TCSS.

15th Nov 201120:30MusicPiano music by Bach, Janacek and RavelHannah Watson (Winstanley Lecture Theatre). TCMS.

13th Nov 201110:55ChapelMattins and Act of RemembranceAlso an evening Sung Requiem (Durufle) at 6.15pm (Chapel).

13th Nov 201118:15ChapelSunday EvensongPreacher: The Revd Dr Anders Bergquist (Vicar of St John's Wood Church, London)

'Telling Tales: Stories from the Book of Genesis: Abraham' (Chapel).

13th Nov 201121:00MusicFresher's ConcertThe Master's Lodge.
Admission free. No booking required, just turn up.

Members of the College are welcome to add events relating to Trinity to this Calendar. To do so, please send an email to as soon as possible in advance of the event with the following information:

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  • the time it will take place (or 'all day');

  • the title of the event;

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  • your name.

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