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Hidden Places at Pembroke: the Vestry

There are some places in Pembroke that most of our members and visitors won't usually see. One of these is known best to the Choirs of Pembroke: the Vestry. The vestry is a small room by the Chapel, accessed by the same easily-overlooked door that leads to the organ loft. Here the Choir get ready for services, store their robes, and of course make cups of tea. The vestry has…

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PKP Week 1

The first week of the Pembroke-King’s Summer Programme has ended, and student Angie, of Illinois Wesleyan University, tells us about her experiences so far. Every time I enter the historic gates…

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Play Like a Girl

Performing the complete organ works of Bach in 24 hours is already a huge undertaking, but this year Director of Music Anna Lapwood wanted to go a step further. With the theme ‘Play Like a Girl’, this year’s Bach-a-thon was a celebration of the talent of female organists, who are so often out of the limelight. Anna, the first female organ scholar at Magdalen College Oxford, is well aware of the boundaries still in place for female organists and keen to start removing them. An impressive collection of organists gathered to perform Bach’s works on the Pembroke organ, including Libby Burgess, the first female organ scholar at any of the…

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Desiring the Middle East at Pembroke

One of the regular lecture series at Pembroke is the ‘Desiring the Middle East’ series, organised by Dr Sertaç Sehlikoglu. The central concern of this bi-weekly seminar series is to…

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Pembroke Iftar

On Saturday 2nd June a group of people from Pembroke and the University gathered for an Iftar feast. The Pembroke Iftar was hosted by Harum Mukhayer (2016), PhD candidate and…

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