September Newsletter 2019

An inspirational group of students will be starting at Cambridge this term, after their stunning A-level results earned them a place under the University’s new Adjustment scheme. Nikodem Czarlinski (2019) will read Engineering and is looking forward to his studies taking flight. Meet the students.

The Trinity team taking on University Challenge this year includes Joseph Webber (2016), Lillian Crawford (2016), Liam Hughes (2015), and Nadia Hourihan (2016), who share what it’s like to walk on to that famous set and take part in the legendary quiz show. Read.

Booking for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2019 is now open. This year’s theme is ‘Change’, with hundreds of free events, talks, debates and performances to choose from – a great excuse to return to Cambridge! Trinity participants this year include Dr Aaron Kachuck (e2016), who will be leading a walking tour of WWII Cambridge as a city of refuge. The interactive tour on Wednesday 16 October will take in town and gown, telling stories of academics, Nobel laureates, children and artists who fled Fascist Europe, and the Colleges and families that welcomed them in. Also on Wednesday 16 October at the Cambridge Junction, Professor David Runciman (1985) will be hosting a live recording of the chart-topping Talking Politics podcast. On Wednesday 23 October, Professor Runciman will be asking ‘How do democracies change?’ His lecture will explore the challenge of turning around failing democratic institutions without undermining the idea of democracy itself.

The Wren Library will be hosting a celebration of poetry past and present ‘Cambridge Poets‘ on Saturday 19 October from 2 – 3.30pm. Join Cambridge Authors Angela Leighton, Todd Swift, Michael Brown and Rebecca Watts who will be reading selected verse from the Trinity Poets anthology and new writings. The event will showcase a new exhibition highlighting rarely seen manuscripts and items from the Trinity collections, and is also the book launch for Meet me at the Harbour by Cambridge poet Michael Brown.

The installation of Professor Dame Sally Davies DBE, FRS, Trinity’s 39th Master, will take place on Tuesday 8 October. Alumni will be able to share this very special occasion by watching the Chapel ceremony (approximately half an hour long), which will be live streamed on the Choir’s YouTube channel. The ceremony in Great Court begins at 2.30pm as the Master presents herself at Great Gate. We expect the ceremony in Chapel to start at about 3pm, and it will include a Te Deum specially commissioned from composer, conductor and former Trinity Organ Scholar Owain Park (2013).

A video of the full ceremony, including the parts at Great Gate and inside Great Court, will be available on the Choir’s YouTube later in the week.

A Memorial Service will be held for Sir Michael Atiyah OM, FRS, FRSE in the College Chapel on Saturday 26 October 2019 at 2.30pm, followed by refreshments in the Master’s Lodge. If you wish to attend the service please visit the website to complete the registration form.

“The body is more a place than an object for me: the body ‘in’ space and the body ‘as’ space.” Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy, an extraordinary new interactive exhibition of shape and space, opened on 21 September and will run until 3 December 2019. The exhibition includes new installations alongside work from the last four decades of his career. Sir Antony (1968) will be leading an exclusive alumni viewing of the exhibition on Tuesday 26 November from 7 – 9pm, and we extend our sincere thanks to him for offering such an exciting opportunity for Trinity members.

Alumni and their families are invited to join the Trinity Women’s Network for a family morning at beautiful Holland Park, London on Saturday 12 October, from 9 – 11am. Visit the Wildlife Area to see wild birds in the hand and to learn about the national bird ringing programme. Enjoy the autumn colours of the 54 acres of gardens and woodland, the sports areas, café and children’s play facilities. Please note: this a public event sponsored by the Friends of Holland Park. Please Register via the TWN’s Facebook page.

Renée Zellweger has been garlanded with praise for her performance in ‘Judy’, the latest film from Director Rupert Goold (1991). ‘Judy’ is a biopic about the life of legendary actress and singer Judy Garland, as she arrives in London for a run of sell-out concerts at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London in the winter of 1968. ‘Judy’ premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, Colorado on Friday 30 August and will open in the UK on Friday 4 October.

‘Living with Spinal Cord Injury’ the science fiction-inspired, virtual reality short film by Davey Jose (2001) is an official selection of the Virtual Reality Film Competition at Bucheon International Animation Festival, South Korea from Friday 18 to Tuesday 22 October 2019. Produced from the perspective of a future where spinal injuries can be fixed by ‘the cure’, the work aims to show a future audience what it feels like to live with a disruptive injury. Many congratulations to Davey, whose film has also been selected for a London film festival in November.

Join Trinity in Japan for a special Rugby World Cup Dinner meeting in Tokyo on Friday 18 October, from 7-9pm. On Thursday 28 November His Honour Judge Witold Pawlak (1966) will share his ‘View from the Bench’. You can join Trinity in Japan and register for all their events via the website.

SAVE THE DATE – The Varsity Match, Thursday 12 December 2019, Twickenham. A must for all rugby fans – don’t miss this highlight of the sporting calendar and a chance to cheer on the Light Blues. Details.


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  •  London: TWN Family Morning at Holland Park, Saturday 12 October. Register online.
  • Cambridge: TEA Mentoring, Networking and Panel Discussion (Women in Engineering, with TWN), Thursday 17 October. Register online.
  • Tokyo: Friday 18 October, Trinity in Japan Rugby World Cup Meeting. Register online.
  • London: Thursday 24 October, TBCA Distinguished Speakers Series with Tim Davie, CEO BBC Studios. Register online.
  • Cambridge: Saturday 26 October, Memorial Service for Sir Michael Atiyah. Register online.
  • London: TLA In Conversation with The Rt Hon Lord Justice Singh and Professor Catherine Barnard, Thursday 7 November. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: Remembrance Sunday Service, Sunday 10 November. Register online.
  • London: Sir Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy, Tuesday 26 November.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan, The View from the Bench. With His Honour Judge Witold Pawlak (1966), Thursday 28 November. Register online.
  • London: Alumni Carol Service, Monday 2 December. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed shortly.
  • Twickenham: Varsity Rugby Match, Thursday 12 December. SAVE THE DATE.

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