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2008

Georgian Archibishop Speaks

On September the 23rd, Christ Church hosted an informal talk by Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili from the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia. The Archbishop spoke about the history of Georgia, the present situation and also about the growth of its Evangelical Baptist church. Archbishop Malkhaz was on research leave when the recent conflict with Russia escalated. He recently returned to Georgia and the day after his talk at Christ Church he left for further meetings with church leaders. In Oxford, Humanitarian aid for Georgia has been coordinated by the church of St Michael’s at the North Gate.

 

 

 

Welcome to Choristers

During Choral Evensong at Christ Church on Sunday the 14th of September, the the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Rev'd Christopher Lewis, admitted five boys as choristers to the world famous Cathedral Choir. They were presented by Dr Stephen Darlington, the Cathedral Organist and Director of Music. They will also be joined in a few weeks by new 'Academical Clerks,' who are undergraduates who sing alongside the Lay Clerks of the Choir.

Eternal Light: A Requiem

A new Requiem by Howard Goodall, commissioned by London Musici (orchestra) for performance with the Rambert Dance Company, has its première at Sadler's Wells Theatre in November, as part of a 6 month UK tour with Rambert.  Howard Goodall read Music at Christ Church in the 1970s and is well known as a composer, TV and radio broadcaster and the newly-appointed Government Ambassador for Singing. He has worked closely with the Cathedral Choir at Christ Church and in particular with Christ Church's Organist and Musical Director Stephen Darlington, for whom he has written a number of works.

Tower Poetry Summer School

Twelve young poets were given the opportunity to develop their  writing and critical skills through the annual Tower Poetry Summer School at Christ Church between the 26th and 29th of August.  The residential course included exciting and challenging workshops run by experienced tutors and readings by guest poets as well as visits to places of literary interest in Oxford.

 

 

 

 

Herodotus Research Award

Classics tutor Elton Barker has been awarded £66,724 from the Arts & Humanities Research Council as Principal Investigator on a two-year project entitled ‘Network, relation, flow: imaginations of space in Herodotus’ History’.

Christ Church student in Olympic Final

Jamie Schroeder, a current DPhil student at Christ Church, took part in the Beijing Olympic Men's Quadruple Sculls Final race on Sunday, representing the USA. The team finished in 5th place. A graduate of Stanford, John Hopkins and Oxford Universities, Jamie helped row Oxford to victory in the 2006 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and recently won gold in the quadruple sculls at the 2008 FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne.

Christ Church welcomes Lambeth Bishops

Twenty bishops came to Christ Church from all over the world this month, on their way to the Lambeth Conference.  In a special service in the Cathedral they heard the Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman call them to face the future without fear: confidence in God's plans for the future was the surest foundation for the Anglican Communion.  To read more and to see pictures of the celebration.

 

 

 

 

Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman Donation

Michael Moritz (1973) and Harriet Heyman donate US$50 million to Christ Church: the largest single donation in the college’s history...

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Christ Church Ball 2008

Christ Church was filled with over a thousand people, undergraduates and graduate students, old members of the college and senior members for the Christ Church Commemoration Ball on Saturday the 14th of June. The Ball was superbly organised by a committee led by Miss Annabel Walker and was an extremely happy event, especially for those finishing their final exams. The lead musical attraction was the The Wombats and there were many other entertainments including other fine music, excellent food, a carousel, ferris wheel and horse and carriage rides throughout the night.

 

 

 

Taster day in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Christ Church Admissions Office invites sixth form students to attend a subject taster day in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History on Wednesday 18th June.  The event is open to all first year A level or IB students in the maintained sector interested in pursuing the study of these, or related, subjects at university.  Further information and details of how to book a place can be found (download pdf file)

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