College news

13 January 2016
Johnian and former Harper-Wood Student, Sarah Howe, has won the 2015 TS Eliot prize for poetry with Loop of Jade - the first time a debut collection has won the prestigious award.After being shortlisted along with nine of the biggest names in poetry, including Don Paterson, Claudia Rankine, Sean O’Brien and Les Murray, Sarah was presented...
7 January 2016
Families in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk who struggle to make ends meet at Christmas were treated to a Christmas-Day dinner and Santa’s grotto with the help of Ray Stevenson, Manager of the Buttery and trustee of the Crack On Foundation.Money to make the day possible was raised from staff at St John’s, local shops and supermarkets and the general public.
7 January 2016
Dr Stefano Castelvecchi, a Fellow and College Lecturer in Music at St John’s, will take up a brief visiting Professorship in Italy later this month, where he will lecture on the subject of opera.The University of Pavia has appointed a number of visiting Professors from outside Italy this year; Castelvecchi, the only musicologist among them, will lecture at...
6 January 2016
The College would like to congratulate the following Johnians, who are among those featured in the New Year Honours List 2016.Sir Nicholas James Forwood (1966), Judge at the European Court of Justice (Door Tenant, Brick Court Chambers from October 2015). Knight Bachelor (Kt). For services to justice.Sir Harpal Singh Kumar (1983), Chief Executive, Cancer...
22 December 2015
Dr Francesca Vella, a Research Fellow in Music at St John’s, will be part of a project starting in February 2016 to investigate the 19th-century Italian Opera Industry, exploring existing ideas on the relationship between music and national identity. Dr Vella will lead the three-year project, titled ‘Re-imagining Italianità: Opera and Musical Culture...
21 December 2015
Moving letters sent by the academic John Crook while he was a prisoner at the notorious Stalag Luft VIII-B camp in World War II reveal his indomitable spirit and brave resolve to remain positive for the sake of loved ones back home.Christmas letters written by the Cambridge academic John Crook while he was a 22-year-old POW during the Second World War are...
18 December 2015
A team featuring members of the family of James Wordie, the St John’s alumnus who was geologist and chief scientific officer on Shackleton’s ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917, have reached the South Pole, completing their ancestor’s unfinished expedition to the frozen continent. The group of 12, led by noted explorer David...
Michael Finnisssy, credit: www.michaelfinnissy.info
18 December 2015
Michael Finnissy, the composer of the carol John the Baptist which was commissioned by St John’s for Advent 2014, has won two British Composer Awards - one of them for the carol itself.
18 December 2015
Rowers from the Lady Margaret Boat Club – the rowing club of St John’s College – have enjoyed an excellent Michaelmas Term, with dozens of new students signing up and plenty of success on the river to match. This article was originally written by student Laura Day for the LMBC website. For the full version, click here.
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