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For me, the best thing about Emma is the
inter-year socialising - it makes it a lovely
community to be a part of

Jake, 3rd Year

Members' Events

We hold many events for Members in College, in the UK and all over the world: lectures, concerts, visits, reunions and much more. Details are below and do come and join us.

Wednesday 1 FEB 2017

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Reflections on the Hillsborough Inquests: 2014 – 2016

5:30pm

We are delighted to welcome Christina Lambert, Lead Counsel to the Hillsborough Inquests and Henrietta Hill, Counsel for 22 families, to College to give a talk reflecting on the Hillsborough Inquests between 2014 and 2016, at 5.30pm in the Queen's Building Lecture Theatre.

In March 2014, fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Stadium Disaster were opened before a jury at a specially created court in Warrington. Over the course of the following two years the jury heard from 620 witnesses including fans, police officers, club staff and members of the ambulance service. Expert evidence was called from a number of disciplines: structural engineering, policing, pre-hospital emergency care and forensic pathology. In April 2016, the jury returned their narrative conclusions concerning the deaths stating, amongst other matters, that the fans had been unlawfully killed.

Christina and Henrietta will be talking about:

  • Why fresh inquests were ordered
  • Our differing roles in the inquests
  • The practical and legal challenges which the inquests presented, and the solutions
  • The wider perspective: concurrent investigations and possible future legal action.

Christina read History at Emmanuel. She was called to the Bar in 1988. She practises in the fields of clinical negligence, professional discipline and inquests/inquiries. Before her appointment to the Hillsborough Inquests she was Leading Counsel to the Dame Janet Smith Review into the conduct of Jimmy Savile and the linked investigation into the conduct of Stuart Hall. The Review was independent of the BBC and set up by the BBC Executive Board (chaired in that instance by Dame Fiona Reynolds).  

Henrietta read Law at Emmanuel. She was a Herchel Smith Scholar to Harvard where she specialised in human rights. She was called to the Bar in 1997 and now practises in inquests, discrimination law, claims against the police and related public law cases. She also sits part-time as an Assistant Coroner and Deputy High Court Master.

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Tuesday 7 MAR 2017

Master's Visit to Boston

12:00am – The Harvard Club of Boston

The Master and her husband Bob Merrill, together with the College’s Development Director, Sarah Bendall, will be making a brief visit to Boston in March.

We warmly invite you to dinner on Tuesday 7 March at 7pm, at The Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA. The dress code for the Club is business casual. Family, friends, colleagues and guests are extremely welcome.

We very much hope that you will be able to join us and we look forward to seeing you in March.

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Tuesday 7 MAR 2017

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London Drinks

6:00pm

The annual Society drinks for all Members living and working in London will be on Tuesday 7 March at the award winning Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix Street, WC2H 8BU from 6pm.
This is a great chance to meet up informally with other Members of different ages and walks of life, and to catch up with old friends and College news.
There is no need to book and there will be a cash bar.

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Friday 10 MAR 2017

Burnaby Recital

6:15pm – Queen's Building Lecture Theatre

John Bryden (1965) and Josie Robertson (2008) will give a violin and piano recital in the Queen's Building Lecture Theatre at 6.15pm.

All are welcome to the concert, which will last approximately 45 minutes. It will be followed by dinner at High Table for Members and their guests.

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Tuesday 14 MAR 2017

Intellectual Property Lecture

5:30pm

The Twelfth Annual Intellectual Property Lecture will take place on 14 March 2017 at 5.30pm for 6pm in the Queen’s Building Lecture Theatre.

The speaker will be Professor Niva Elkin-Koren, Director of the Haifa Center for Law & Technology. 

The lecture will be followed by drinks in the Old Library, and Members are welcome to dine at High Table afterwards.

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Thursday 23 MAR 2017

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A Night at English National Opera

6:00pm – London Coliseum, St. Martin’s Lane London WC2N 4ES

Members are invited to a private on-stage and backstage tour and performance of The Pirates of Penzance at the English National Opera. Renowned film maker Mike Leigh’s smash-hit production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular comic opera features an all-star cast, including Sir John Tomlinson and Andrew Shore.

Harry Hickmore (2011) will lead an exclusive stage tour of the London Coliseum pre-performance. Designed by Frank Matcham, one of the most prolific theatre architects of the late Victorian and Edwardian era, the London Coliseum was opened in 1904 and remains the largest theatre in the West End with 2,358 seats.

The evening will include a light sandwich supper and wine.

COST: £80 per person (Upper Circle)/£60 per person (Balcony) and you are very welcome to bring guests.

Details of the production and English National Opera can be found at www.eno.org

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Spring2017

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Visit to Stowe House and Lanscape Gardens

Stowe, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5EQ

The Society is planning a visit to Stowe for a tour of the restoration of the house and a visit to the gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown in the spring/summer.

If you would like to attend, please express your interest; further details will be sent when available.

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May2017

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Mid-Gathering

The Emmanuel Society has outline plans to organise a Mid-Gathering for those who matriculated before 1950, and between 1955 and 1960. The current idea is to make a block booking for a weekday afternoon in May or June 2017, for formal afternoon tea under the hull of the most famous of the clippers which historically brought tea to Britain: http://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/we-recommend/attractions/cutty-sark-afternoon-tea The cafe is fully accessible and guide dogs are admitted. The cost of the tea includes admission to the ship - if you enjoy reading round things you might do, try For all the tea in China by Sarah Rose, ISBN 9780099493426. And you could make it a really special afternoon by travelling to and from Greenwich by boat: http://content.tfl.gov.uk/river-bus-tours-map.pdf

Please express your potential interest before the end of November, and let us know how many people would probably be in your party, remembering that we’ll be especially pleased to see people who come on their own.”

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Friday 5 MAY 2017

Burnaby Recital

6:15pm – Queen's Building Lecture Theatre

Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond (2003), will give a recital on Friday 5 May 2017 in the Queen's Building Lecture Theatre at 6.15pm.

Clare is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and is developing a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine, ‘Rising Star’).

In 2015 the Guardian described her as a “dazzling athlete” following her performance at the Barbican Hall, and she was specially invited to perform as part of the ‘In Tune’ Christmas special, her fifth appearance on BBC Radio 3 that year.

During 2016 she recorded discs for Sony, BIS Records and Signum and, in 2014, gave debut performances at 7 festivals across Europe, including the ‘Chopin and his Europe Festival’ in Warsaw.

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Friday 3 NOV 2017

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Dinner in Oxford

6:45pm – Exeter College, Oxford

The Emmanuel Society will be holding a dinner for members and their guests at Exeter College, Oxford on Friday 3 November. The evening will begin with a drinks reception in the Rector's Drawing Room, followed by dinner in Hall and the guest speaker will be the Master, Dame Fiona Reynolds.

Drinks will be served from 6.45pm with dinner at 7.30pm. Most people like to wear black tie, but this is not essential. 

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Friday 17 NOV 2017

Burnaby Recital

6:15pm

The Choir of King¹s College, London, directed by Joe Fort will give a recital in the Queen's Building Lecture Theatre at 6.15pm.

All are welcome to the concert, which will last approximately 45 minutes. It will be followed by dinner at High Table for Members and their guests.

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Friday 2 FEB 2018

Burnaby Recital

6:15pm

Simon Ponsford (countertenor) and David Ponsford (virginals) will give a recital in the Chapel at 6.15pm.

All are welcome to the concert, which will last approximately 45 minutes. It will be followed by dinner at High Table for Members and their guests.

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To be arranged 

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Channel Islands

The Society is considering holding events in the Channel Islands.

To be arranged 

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USA

Dr Stephen Thompson (1983) is organising meetings in Washington and Boston as well as in New York. Events are also being arranged for Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

To be arranged 

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Cornwall

The Society is considering holding an event in Cornwall.

To be arranged 

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Other events overseas

Further events are planned for France, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, Sydney and Toronto.

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