An Epiphany Festival at Worcester will be held from 18th–21st January 2018, beginning with a special carol service, concluding with a service of Venetian Vespers, and including an early music performance combined with a craft beer tasting. The full programme and booking information can be found on the Chapel website.
We are saddened to announce the death of Old Member Godfrey Smith (1944, PPE), who passed away on 22nd December 2017, aged 91. The former Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine, Godfrey also worked on the Daily Express during his long career in journalism. He was a published author, writing both fiction and non-fiction, and was a contributor to the College Magazine and Record.
A full obituary has been published in The Times, and can be read here.
The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra will give a world premiere of movement 1 of "POLIN", the second symphony of current student Sturdivant Adams (2016), on November 2, 2017 in the Sheldonian Theatre. The piece won the orchestra’s 2017 Composers’ Competition. There will also be music by Professor Robert Saxton, Professor of Composition and Tutor in Music at Worcester.
We are delighed to announce that on Wednesday 18th October HRH The Duchess of Cornwall joined HRH Sultan Nazrin Shah of Perak to officially open the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre. The opening ceremony included musical and theatrical performances by Worcester students in the Tuanku Bainun auditorium, a speech by the Sultan and the unveiling of the dedication plaque by The Duchess. Vist the Clarence House Twitter page for live coverage.
As part of the Royal Society of Biology's Biology Week, Dr John Parrington, Associate Professor and Tutor in Medicine, is speaking at The Royal Institution of Great Britain in a debate on genome editing. The debate, entitled "Genome editing: Where do we draw the line?" will take place on Monday 9 October and begins at 7 p.m. The panel includes Dr Robin Lovell-Badge FRSB, Dr Ann Bruce, Peter Thompson and Professor Shirley Hodgson FRSB alongside John.
The 2016/17 Norrington Table has been released and we are delighted to announce that Worcester has placed fourth, improving on a ranking of ninth last year. The Norrington Table ranks the performance of students at each college in finals, and is based on the classifications of undergraduate degrees awarded. The full table can be viewed on the University website. Congratulations go to all of our undergraduates.
Current students Hannah Chukwu (2015), Ben Darwent (2016) and Caitlin Kelly (2015) are part of a 13 strong group of Oxford students taking the hit play Girls will be Girls by Ella Langley, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from its sell-out Oxford run.
The narrative follows seven teenage girls as they try to navigate personal, social and academic demands, and carefully addresses topical issues affecting girls throughout society.
Worcester College, Oxford, is pleased to announce that Maestro Evgeny Kissin, widely regarded as one of the world’s very greatest classical pianists, is to be the College’s second Distinguished Visiting Fellow – an initiative launched by Provost Sir Jonathan Bate, whereby leading figures from the world of the performing arts make occasional visits to partake in the intellectual life of the College and share their gifts with its students. The first such Fellow, Sir Ian McKellen, has already become a familiar face at Worcester.
Our congratulations go to Old Members Sir William Parente (1969) and James Stretton (1962) for their awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017. Sir William received a CBE for services to the Arts and Philanthropy, and James received an MBE for services to the Arts, Finance and Charity in Scotland.