Category Archives: Alumni

Alice Barber – Producer and Theatre Maker

Alice graduated from St Chad’s in 2016, having studied English Literature, and is currently working as a Theatre Producer across Yorkshire and the North West. She is currently the Resident Producer for two companies: Knaive Theatre and Front Room Productions. Knaive Theatre creates bold, controversial and political theatre and is currently touring the acclaimed Bin Laden: The One Man Show, while Front Room specialises in intimate site-specific productions. Most recently she has produced an outdoor version of Twelfth Night set on a Yorkshire farm, and later this year will produce an immersive production of A Christmas Carol that is to tour venues in Leeds, York, Bradford and Manchester. 

Earlier this year she took her first Arts Council funded project, Unsung, into Research and Development. Unsung explores the untold and under-acknowledged stories of four pioneering female figures from British history – Ada Lovelace, Sophia Jex-Blake, Lilian Bailey and Andrea Dunbar. She and the ensemble had two key objectives: to devise something that interrogated in a lively and modern way the underrepresentation of women in history, the theatre, and society at large, and to develop four complex female protagonists.

Research and Development Team for Unsung

By creating Unsung, they intend to question why these inspirational figures, and hundreds of others like them, are so absent from what Britain, as a nation, is taught of its history. In collaboration with the writer Lisa Holdsworth (Midsomer Murders, Waterloo Road), the show is undergoing further development at the moment, with the intention to tour regionally in 2018. 

The trailer for Unsung can be found here

Louise MacMorran – Acting Governor of St Helena

 Former MCR Secretary and current Head of the Governor’s Office, Louise MacMorran, was sworn in as Acting Governor of St Helena on Monday 30 October 2017.

Louise took the prescribed Oaths in the presence of the Sheriff of St Helena, Mrs Ethel Yon OBE, partner Dave Mothershaw, and colleagues, in the Governor’s Office, The Castle.

Whilst the role is only for the temporary absence of Her Excellency Governor Lisa Phillips, who departed the Island for a period of overseas business, it is great to see news of our Alumni, wherever they are and whatever they may be doing!

 

 

Alumni Choir in Leicester

On the weekend of 21st-22nd October, several of the St Chad’s College Choir Scholars joined the St Chad’s Alumni Choir for a weekend of singing at the prestigious Leicester Cathedral. Although the Scholars were very generously treated to a four-star hotel and a lovely meal, the weekend was no jolly and lots of hard work was achieved!

The student contingent

Having left Durham at 7am in a minibus for Leicester, upon the arrival of the Durham cohort, rehearsals started straight away led by Philip Drew. The repertoire for this weekend was a treat, featuring some great British choral classic such has Howell’s Collegium Regale and Stanford’s Beati Quorum Via. The choir sang two services: Choral Evensong on Saturday and a Eucharist Service on Sunday morning. Both services were a success, especially considering the short rehearsal time that all the members had together. Notably, the choir did very well to get to grips with pesky Psalm from Saturday’s evensong which was extremely long with difficult moments!

The choir felt very welcome at Leicester Cathedral by the staff and by the people of the parish. The whole weekend was highly enjoyable, and I would like to thank the Alumni for asking the scholar’s to join them at their reunion and also thank them for their extreme generosity! 

Catherine Bench

Third year, Music, Choral Scholar

 

Thanks to Philip Drew for directing, to Peter Swift for playing the organ, and to everyone who came and sang, or supported us!

Alumni Events

Forthcoming:

Sat/Sun 21st/22nd Oct: Alumni Choir sings at Leicester Cathedral. Saturday Evensong 5.30pm; Sunday Eucharist 10.30am. All welcome.

Thursday 30th Nov: Westminster Alumni Group 6.30pm, GLA City Hall, London. If you work in the Civil Service, politics, lobbying, press, or any sphere related to national or local government then this group is for you. Many thanks to Tom Middleton (90-93) for his welcome at City Hall. Book your free place here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chads-wag-westminster-alumni-group-tickets-39013419187

Wednesday 13th Dec: Our annual London Advent Carol Service, this year at Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, London. 7pm. No ticket required but to estimate numbers for the reception afterwards do let us know you will be coming: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-chads-college-advent-carol-service-tickets-39016259683 As usual we will need singers to join the Alumni Choir for this service.  If you would like to join the choir please let Naomi know by emailing: naomi.ireland-jones@durham.ac.uk

Sunday 10th Dec: College Advent Procession, Durham Cathedral. 7.00pm organ music, 7.30pm service.

Thursday 1st Feb 2018: Law Alumni Group – inaugural meeting – 6.30pm at Foundry Chambers, 5-9 Quality Court, London. WC2A 1HP. Generously hosted by Jason Sugarman QC (87-90), our Law Alumni Group, for Chadsians working in the Law in all its forms, will gather for a legal networking evening. Places are strictly limited to 30. St Chad’s alumni only. To reserve a place: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-chads-college-law-alumni-group-hosted-by-jason-sugarman-qc-tickets-39018717033

Looking ahead (do put these dates on your calendar):

8th-11th March 2018: Chadstide events in London, including our Thames boat cruise. More information soon.

Saturday 17th March 2018: Domus Dinner (For College Patrons, Foundation Fellows & Horsfall Benefactors, and by Principal’s invitation only).

Saturday 30th June 2018: 1904 Society Dinner, 7.30pm in College. For all former JCR and MCR Exec members, SCCBC captains and Candlemas stewards.

21st – 23rd Sept 2018: Decades Reunion in College, for all matriculation years ending in 8, and anyone pre-1965.

22nd Sept 2018: 12noon in College, Horfall Society (Legacy) Lunch. To thank you if you had left a gift to St Chad’s in your will.

13th – 15th Sept 2019: Decades Reunion in College, for all matriculation years ending in 9, and anyone pre-1966.

Decades Reunion 2017 – Matriculation Years ending 5, 6, 7, 8

22nd-24th September 2017

St Chad’s College Durham

A reunion event for anyone who matriculated at St Chad’s College in years ending 5, 6, 7 or 8, and guests.

The main focus of this reunion will be the Saturday night Formal Dinner; however there are other events running throughout the weekend.

We would love to see you back at St Chad’s for a weekend of catching up with friends old and new and reminiscing about your college days.

Tickets on Eventbrite.

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