The English Schools' Orchestra Composition Competition

Congratulations to Edwin Sung (m. 2011) for reaching the final of the English Schools' Orchestra Composition competition. His piece of orchestral music "Overture to the Proms" was selected as a finalist entry to be performed by the English Young Artists' Sinfonia at Cecil Sharp House, London in March 2018.

More information can be found on the English Schools Orchestra website.

PIG/PORk by Pía Spry-Marqués

Pig/Pork explores the love-hate relationship between humans and pigs through the lenses of archaeology, biology, history and gastronomy, providing a close and affectionate look at the myriad causes underlying this multi-millennial bond. What is it that people in all four corners of the world find so fascinating about the pig? When did the human obsession with pigs begin, how did it develop through time, and where is it heading? Why are pigs so special to some of us, but not to others?

Swinburne's Style: An Experiment in Verse History (Legenda) by Laura McCormick Kilbride

Swinburne’s Style: An Experiment in Verse History establishes Swinburne’s significance in the historical development of English poetry from 1865 to the present. Situating Swinburne on the cusp of modernism, it argues that Swinburne had no personal style because he possessed all styles. His mastery of traditional verse forms promoted a level of stylistic self-awareness which the next generation of poets could not sustain. If criticism to date has found Swinburne challenging, this is because his poetry challenges criticism.

The Classical Music Lover's Companion to Orchestral Music by Robert Philip

An invaluable guide for lovers of classical music designed to enhance their enjoyment of the core orchestral repertoire from 1700 to 1950 Robert Philip, scholar, broadcaster, and musician, has compiled an essential handbook for lovers of classical music, designed to enhance their listening experience to the full. Covering four hundred works by sixty-eight composers from Corelli to Shostakovich, this engaging companion explores and unpacks the most frequently performed works, including symphonies, concertos, overtures, suites, and ballet scores.

Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism by James Stevens Curl

In Making Dystopia, distinguished architectural historian James Stevens Curl tells the story of the advent of architectural Modernism in the aftermath of the First World War, its protagonists, and its astonishing, almost global acceptance after 1945. He argues forcefully that the triumph of architectural Modernism in the second half of the twentieth century led to massive destruction, the creation of alien urban landscapes, and a huge waste of resources.

Superplasticity: Common Basis for a Near-Ubiquitous Phenomenon by Anantha Padmanabhan

Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg, identified in 2012 about 40 books, including Superplasticity by Professor Padmanabhan (published in 1980), out of a few thousand published by them during 1842 - 2005 (163 years), and brought them out in both eBook and print forms as part of the Springer Book Archives. Professor Padmanabhan has since written an updated version of the book, available in January. The 1980 book was coauthored by Professor Padmanabhan's PhD thesis supervisor, (then) Dr. G J Davies, now Prof. Sir. Graeme Davies, a former Fellow of St.

Thursday 6 December, 2018: London Carol Service

The 2018 Petrean events calendar culminated with the annual London Carol Service at St Vedast-alias-Foster; a beautiful wren church close to St Paul's Cathedral. Around 100 Petreans attended, singing well loved carols and hymns, while also enjoying  performances by the choir made up of current members from the College and Voces Petrensium (the Peterhouse alumni choir). The service was followed by drinks in the Church Hall. We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Carol Service will once again be held at St Vedast, on Wednesday 4 December.

Friday 19 October, 2018: Women's Careers Events and Dinner

October saw nearly 100 women Petreans join with current students to celebrate women at Peterhouse with careers talks by a panel of women Petreans and Fellows, followed by drinks and then dinner in Hall. The event was spearheaded by a group of alumni, keen to talk to students about the challenges they faced as women in the workplace. The talks encouraged interesting discussion about workplace discrimintation and the experiences of women in the modern workforce. Dinner was a more relaxed affair, with a chance for students and Petreans to network and discuss future opportunities.