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.
The recipient of the first Provost's Scholarship will be Johann Go, from the University of Auckland. The scholarship includes an entire year's tuition fees, student accommodation, subsidised meals, a stipend, return flights to New Zealand, and access to all University of Oxford facilities.
Johann will study Philosophy at Worcester during the 2018 academic year. For more information, please click here.
Worcester's Senior Organ Scholar Dan Mathieson (2014) will be performing an Organ Recital in the Chapel on Saturday. The Recital will include pieces by Bach, Byrd and Wesley, and will conclude with an improvisation. All are welcome to attend the performance, which will begin at 1 p.m.
Oliver Beer (2006, Fine Art) has a new exhibition, “Composition for London”, opening at Thaddaeus Ropac’s gallery in London on 28 April. The next iteration of Oliver's “Resonance Project”, the musical exhibition has been created specifically for the spaces within the 18th-century Ely House in Mayfair. The 13-week exhibition, which runs until 29 July, will involve classical singers performing Oliver's choral compositions, using the natural harmonies around the staircase of Ely House.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Timothy Hodgetts as the Kadas Senior Research Fellow in Geopolitics (Wildlife Conservation), who joined Worcester College on 1 April. He will be based at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) in Tubney House.
From 3rd - 6th April, Worcester is hosting the 44th Institute of Physics Plasma Physics conference. The conference covers all aspects of plasma physics, and has been organised directly with the Institute of Physics in London, after an introduction by Dr Felix Parra Diaz, Worcester's Fellow and Tutor in Physics.
Worcester is once again the Festival College Partner of the 21st Oxford Literary Festival, currently running from Saturday 25th March to Sunday 2nd April. The College is hosting multiple Festival events - including novelist Joanne Harris, pianist Alfred Brendel, human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, politician Lord Michael Heseltine, and the entertainer Nicholas Parsons - and on Sunday 26th March the BBC World Service broadcast from the new Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, with BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson leading a live transmission from the auditorium.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell (1987, PPE), an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, has been appointed President of American University in Washington, D.C. She will become the fifteenth president of the University, and will be the first woman to hold the post. Mrs Burwell was previously the Health and Human Services Secretary during the Obama administration, and has worked with charitable organisations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She will take up her new role on 1st June, succeeding Neil Kerwin.
To celebrate the new Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, on Wednesday 8th March Sir Ian McKellen, who is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the College, introduced a screening of his gripping modern-dress film of Shakespeare's Richard III. The viewing took place in the Tuanku Bainun Auditorium, and after the film, Sir Ian took part in a question and answer session, which was chaired by Georgia Figgis (2013, English), the President of Buskins.
Photograph by Caroline Hsu (2016, Computer Science)