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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 of Pembroke or King's, I am in awe at the beauty and nobility of the campuses. Everywhere I turn in this incredible city, there are captivating ornate buildings housing the same incredible intelligence that fostered some of the most talented…

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A day in the life of a bedder

In Tom Sharpe’s (1948) satirical depictions of Cambridge colleges the bedders always play a prominent role, from the buxom Mrs Biggs to the infamous ‘Bedder Test’. However, the role of…

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Pembroke Lieder Scheme

This week on the blog we are exploring some of the other musical opportunities on offer at Pembroke. Today – the Lieder Scheme. In 2013 Pembroke’s Director of Music, Dr Sam Barrett, and the College Musician, Joseph Middleton, founded the Pembroke College Lieder Scheme. Joseph says: ‘In the past Cambridge has offered choral scholarships, organ scholarships and instrumental awards, there has been absolutely nothing for singers and pianists.’ It hasn’t stopped the University from producing some of the world’s best singers: think Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley and Simon Keenlyside. However, as Joseph explains,‘Most people who sing in Cambridge spend their time doing choral music. They need a chance to work out what…

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An American in Cambridge

Every summer, hundreds of students come to the College as part of the Pembroke-King’s Programme (PKP). Here, PKP student Collin Palmer – from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – reflects…

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Day in the life: Land Economy

A day in the life of Land Economy student Thomas Schute (2014). Monday 26th January 2015 8am Within seconds of the alarm going off, the mandatory cup of milky tea becomes…

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Sir Arthur Bliss Song Series

As the choir embarks on a summer tour of Finland, we look at some of the other musical opportunities on offer at Pembroke. Today – the Sir Arthur Bliss Song Series.…

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